Flowers

©Lisa Johnson

To kill, or not to kill?   That is the question—

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The deer and rabbits of outrageous hunger,

Or to take arms against them in defence of the garden,

And, by opposing, end them?

(with apologies to William Shakespeare)

Tom Kasper

Master gardener Tom Kasper offers some tips for gardeners preparing for separation anxiety as they say goodbye to their gardens for year ...

Ruth Hartnup

Today, July 12, Larry Weber recounts how July in full swing with hot weather with less then desirable rainfall.  However, big summertime storms can bring rainfall measurements back in line in just a few hours.

This time of year is good for wildflowers, berries, birds, insects which means lots of spiders, and beautiful spider webs.  In July we also are in butterfly, moth and dragonfly season.

Other highlights include and of course great Jupiter viewing and plentiful fireflies.

W. Atlee Burpee Company

In which we attempt to parse Tom Kasper's false equivalency between beauty and health -- and oh! the seed packets are back in the stores!

Stanislav Kozlovskiy

Dead-heading your flowers: no Volkswagen van needed.

Marilylle Soveran/Flickr

They brighten the roadsides at this time of year, but a lot of the flowers we're seeing along the highways and byways these days are actually non-native species.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper says not only is there still time to get your garden in ... tender new plants will be much less stressed and do better going into the ground when it's cool and wet (as opposed to sunny and dry).