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ANTHRACNOSE This is a fungus that infects a wide variety of ornamental trees and shrubs. Commonly affected plants include Japanese maple, dogwood (both shrubs and trees), oak, oak leaf hydrangea, Boston ivy and sycamore. Symptoms are observed on flowers, leaves and stems. These may vary on their expression and intensity depending on the host species. […]


Plants, like animals, have eukaryotic cells – meaning they possess a defined nucleus and membrane-bound organelles. Although they share many common features they have 2 main differences. Firstly, plant cells have a cell wall that surrounds the cell membrane, whereas animal cells do not. This allows them to form an upright structure without the need […]


I was looking online for petunias – the customers’ request was “something different”.  OMG – I got lost in all the choices ! Xihe LV green – Etsy Tiger – Dengarden Tea light – Horticulture week   Vogue – Ball seed company Apple Blossom – Etsy Orchid Mist – Swallowtail garden seeds EZ Rider – […]

Good Bugs

Someone asked which are the best bugs to have in a garden.  Easy.  My two favorite bugs are lady beetles (ladybugs) and praying mantis.  The combo is fierce. Another great one, although most people don’t want them around – are wasps!   All three are carnivorous, and will eat their way through your garden’s pests every […]


The Iowa State University Department of Entomology recently presented the results of a study on common catnip. They concluded that an essential oil in catnip is very effective at repelling mosquitoes.  When placed in a garden, small doses of catnip oil were 10 times more effective than DEET. While the researchers don’t know why mosquitoes […]


Many clients, during the summer season call to say they found these perfectly cut out holes in the plant leaves !  A mystery no more !  –  these are actually made by a group of bees – the Megachilidae. Typical leaf cut outs in roses.  Thank you U of Florida ! A common solitary garden […]