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Clematis blossoms in the June garden. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

The clematis blossoms are especially pretty this year. Some of them are intertwined with pink Zephirine Drouhin roses for a nice combination. We especially like these roses because they have no thorns...

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Boston Public Market Opens

Soil Improvement Never 'Done'

Replacing Potting Soil
in Containers

Fertilizer: Organic vs. Inorganic

List of Prohibited Plants in Massachusetts

Scenic Vistas and Current Events in Massachusetts State Parks

Corn Gluten & Corn Meal for Weed Control and More?

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July 24, 2014

Friday, July 25 in Sandwich
Heritage Museums & Gardens is Joined by Wayne Potash for Family Fun Fridays

Saturday, July 26 in Jamaica Plain
Getting to Know Your Chainsaw - Arnold Arboretum

Saturday, July 26 in Boylston
N.E. Daylily Society - Daylily Exhibition at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Friday, August 01 - Thursday, November 13 in Bristol
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture Exhibit - Blithewold Gardens & Arboretum

Friday, August 01 in Boston
Federal Reserve Bank Green Roof Tour

Saturday, August 02 in Bristol
Mornings in the Vegetable Garden at Blithewold

Sunday, August 03 in Sandwich
Heritage Museums & Gardens to Host a 4th Birthday Bash for Hidden Hollow

Thursday, August 07 - Thursday, August 28 in Bristol
Sculpture Embraces Horticulture: An Intimate Tour

Friday, August 08 - Sunday, August 10 in Amherst
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference

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A potted begonia in a perennial bed edged with pavers for low maintenance. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Low-Maintenance Gardening

If you're like many gardeners, you get overly zealous in the spring, creating larger flower beds, carefully edging existing beds, meticulously spreading mulch where needed, trimming the grasses, tending to newly sprouted perennials, etc.

Then by mid to late summer, you realize your energy isn't quite the same and there are certain areas of your garden that, well, just don't look so tidy as you'd like.

We thank Diane Blazek, the Executive Director of the National Garden Bureau, for sharing some tips with us for creating low-maintenance gardens.

First off, let's make certain you have selected the right plants for your area. The more you try to test the boundaries of garden zones and climates, the more difficult of a time you'll have in getting your plants to thrive...

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