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The August garden is a jumble of flowering plants including some great mullein or common mullein weed (Verbascum). Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

For many gardeners "summer is starting to wrap up," and for some it's time to plant their "second-season vegetable garden." Incredibly, we still have some green daffodil spring foliage that we're not removing...



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Houseplant Care During Vacation

Lobsters as Fertilizer!

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Visit Local Farmers' Markets

Cut Back Tall Bearded Iris?

Favorite Gardening Quotations

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September 01, 2014

Thursday, September 04 in Medford
Medford Garden Club - Free Lecture: To Prune or Not to Prune, That is the Question

Saturday, September 06 in Greater Boston Area
The First 'Boston Parks Count'

Saturday, September 06 - Sunday, September 07 in Waltham
Begonia and Gesneriad Sale - Lyman Estate Greenhouses

Wednesday, September 10 in Wellesley
Infusing Your Life with Herbs - Mass. Horticultural Society - Lecture

Friday, September 12 in Wellesley
Northeast Region Perennial Plant Association Symposium at Elm Bank

Saturday, September 13 in Boston
Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement at BCAE

Saturday, September 13 - Sunday, September 14 in Wakefield
Cactus & Succulent Show and Sale

Friday, September 19 - Saturday, September 20 in Westford
Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale - Middlesex Conservation District

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Common milkweed flowers (Asclepias syriaca) in the summer garden. Monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively on milkweeds. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Help our Bees and Butterflies

Since 2006 we have heard about the unfortunate loss of honey bee colonies in North America and elsewhere. The decline in the number of bees is both shocking and frightening and blamed on a number of causes.

Additionally, there's been much discussion about the lack of Monarch butterflies this past summer.

Anyone can implement a few minor changes to make their outdoor spaces more welcoming for both bees and butterflies.

Even using just one of these ideas can be beneficial. As is often said, one small step can make a difference...


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