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Swearing for Gardeners: Holy @#$#%#!

Swearing for Gardeners: Holy @#$#%#!

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Hey, I'm ALL for trees. And I'm all for enthusiastically trying to reproduce oneself all over the place. Wait. Whaaa?

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Ashes to Ashes...

Ashes to Ashes...

On trees, history, longbows and diseases.

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READER PHOTOS! Magnolias at Longwood Gardens

READER PHOTOS! Magnolias at Longwood Gardens

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Today's photos are from Viktoria Mullin, who gardens in Connecticut. Victoria had a chance to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, last month at the height of the magnolia bloom...

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Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!!

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Today's photos are from Shauna McWilliams in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She recently visited the conservatory at Longwood Gardens and had to share this spectacular gingerbread man tree. For eveyone who...

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READER PHOTOS! Paulines garden in California, revisited

READER PHOTOS! Pauline's garden in California, revisited

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Back in the beginning of October, we got a glimpse into Irvin and Pauline Faria's garden in Carmichael, California. Irvin took a few moments last week to send in some fall photos. He says, "Here are...

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READER PHOTOS! Sheldons garden in the Catskills

READER PHOTOS! Sheldon's garden in the Catskills

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Today's photo is from Sheldon Martin (Our very own Tractor1!!) in the northern Catskill mountains of upstate New York. It's a birch tree that stands in front of his garden shed. Beautiful fall color...

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READER PHOTOS! The aftermath of the northeastern October snowstorm

READER PHOTOS! The aftermath of the northeastern October snowstorm

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A huge snowstorm blew throught the northeast on October 29th, so early in the season that many of our trees were still leafed out. All that extra surface area meant the trees collected way more snow...

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A momumental evergreen tunnel

A momumental evergreen tunnel

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I can't begin to imagine how many years it took to grow this evergreen tunnel at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York. Any guesses? Here's a helpful tip: As far as I can tell, it's all...

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Ouch!

Ouch!

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When I went to visit Bob and Christa Stamper's garden in Zionsville, Pennsylvania, a few weeks ago, Bob pointed out this tree, and I was horrified... Holy cow! He says, "This is the common...

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One tough tree

One tough tree

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Continuing yesterday's tree theme, today's photos are a tribute to the power of nature to overcome obstacles. This tree, on a nature trail just north of Skyland Resort in Virginia's Shenandoah...

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Free at last!

Free at last!

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I wonder how many years this poor tree spent confined in a too-small planter box? No matter. It seems to have adjusted just fine to its new-found freedom. You could almost think of it as living...

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A trees root system revealed

A tree's root system revealed

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I've often wondered, when admiring a tree, what its root system looks like. The Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia found an interesting way to illustrate the breadth of a tree's root system: they...

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From eyesore to eye-catching

From eyesore to eye-catching

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Several years ago my neighbors and friends Laura and Bruce had an absolutely MONSTER dead tree taken down in their back yard at the end of their driveway. Seriously, this thing was huge...

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READER PHOTO! Beautiful bark

READER PHOTO! Beautiful bark

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After leaves and overall size and shape, bark seems to be the last thing people consider when choosing a tree, but maybe it should be the first! Kathy Maras in Glen Ellyn, Illinois sent in these...

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Highlighting a gorgeous tree

Highlighting a gorgeous tree

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I stumbled upon this little stairway vignette a few years ago on a garden tour hosted by Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis. I love how the white pots harmonize with the birch's bark, and how the...

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Take the time to see...

Take the time to see...

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...the fleeting details. I was walking around the lake at Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, New York, a couple of summers ago with a bunch of gardening pals when we just happened to catch this ephemeral...

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Creative tree-training?

Creative tree-training?

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There wasn't a gardener around to grill when I took this photo of a cutleaf japanese maple at Boscobel Restoration in Garrison, New York, a few years ago. I assume the trunk didn't grow this way on...

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Monkey puzzle!

Monkey puzzle!

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Monkey puzzle TREE, that is. This is one fascinating tree. The monkey puzzle (Araucaria araucana, USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11) is native to Chile and Argentina (the Andes, more specifically), and can...

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READER PHOTO! Lemonade from lemons

READER PHOTO! Lemonade from lemons

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Today's post is from Katherine Davis. She says, "I had an old oak that had to come down but I thought it would be nice to save part of the trunk and do something "FUN" with it. I now have a tree chair that everyone loves to sit in."

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This plants future is in your hands...

This plant's future is in your hands...

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How many couples do you know that have arguments over plants? Well. you can help resolve this one. Eric and Danielle Wotzak have been renovating this fantastic house in Northport, New York, for the...

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