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Ruth Mason McElvain

Ruth Mason McElvain, retired English teacher, blogger, gardener and writer, lives in upstate SC, blissfully repatriated to her native South after 40 years in California. Plants & Bulbs, Pots & Containers, Garden Accessories, & More!

Have You Ever Seen a Frost Flower?
by Patsy Bell Hobson - posted 09/23/13

Seeing a frost flower first hand is a privilege afforded only to the early riser. Once exposed to the morning sun, they quickly disappear. Touch them and they shatter. A frost flower is really neither "frost" nor "flower," but layers of ice squeezed from the stem of a plant ...   >> read article
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Morgan Oriental Arborvitae
Thuja orientalis ’Morgan’
by Bob Hill - posted 09/20/13

The very rare, “nearly perfect” plant in the landscape, the compact Morgan Oriental arborvitae (Thuja orientalis ‘Morgan’) is slow-growing to 3 to 4 feet and offers shimmering lime-green foliage in the summer. Foliage turns to an attractive burgundy-orange color in the fall — beginning in September and October in northern areas ...   >> read article

Dangers in the Garden
by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp - posted 09/18/13

There are many ways to injure yourself while working in the garden. Here is a safety primer that just might prevent a trip to the ER. If you are traveling to the backyard this summer, you better make sure you’ve had your shots! You also need eye and ear protection, gloves, hard-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent ...   >> read article

Callicarpa spp.
by Lynda Heavrin - posted 09/13/13

No plant has given me so much pleasure spring through fall as beautyberry (Callicarpa spp.), with its tiny pink flowers in early summer, the arching branches that protect my pink sweet woodruff through the summer and the glowing purple berries in the fall that persist into early winter ...   >> read article

Vegetable Seed Saving Simplified
by Laura Mathews - posted 09/11/13

I used to think that when a gardener starts to save his or her own seed, it is akin to embarking on a doctorate program in backyard food production. I found it pretty intimidating. Then I heard horticulturist Christopher Wallen, from Dillsburg, Pa., begin a talk on seed saving with this: “Saving seed is so simple even a caveman could do it” ...

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