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Cultivating Character

Cultivating Character

Report From PIA – August 29 I did a consultation the other day where there was an old cherry tree in the back of the garden. The main trunk of this tree leaned at a 45-degree angle, and several large branches randomly twisted and turned. This funky tree had so...
A Shaft of Light

A Shaft of Light

Report From PIA – August 28 Most of us don’t design our gardens around the rising or setting sun. These beams of light might illuminate our plants in beautiful and interesting ways, but their positions change from week to week and season to season. In years gone...
Host Specific Problems

Host Specific Problems

Report From PIA – August 26 As I walked around Poison Ivy Acres with my camera this morning, I noticed that the Asclepias tuberosa is still covered with aphids. These orange Aphis nerii are sometimes called oleander aphids, but in my yard they are asclepias...
Nothing Ventured…

Nothing Ventured…

Report From PIA – August 25 There are as many different styles of gardens are there are gardeners, and thankfully, there is no one right way. Some want a landscape that they can keep “under control” (which usually means not too large) while others want plantings...
Too Much Mulch?

Too Much Mulch?

Report From PIA – August 24 As you regular readers know, this is the end of our third summer on Poison Ivy Acres. All of the gardens here are new (and frankly, I think they look pretty damn awesome) so the main plantings have been put in the ground and now it’s...

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