Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast

Here in Western Pennsylvania, gardeners face an enormous problem.  It’s a problem that can easily kill or ruin plants that gardeners have put lots of time and money into.  I have personal experience with this nuisance.  One year I planted 75 tulip bulbs in the fall and the following spring only about 5 tulips showedContinue reading “Book Review – Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast”

Native Plant Spotlight – Flowering Dogwood

Flowering Dogwood is another brilliant tree that defines the spring landscape in Western PA.  There are several cultivars, most of which have white flowers but there are several that bloom in pink.   At maturity Cornus Florida (dogwood) tops out at about 33 feet.  The mature trunk is about a foot wide and the canopy canContinue reading “Native Plant Spotlight – Flowering Dogwood”

Weekly Nursery Update – June 26

On Saturday of last week we left on vacation and stayed through Wednesday morning, so not a lot happened in the nursery.  The vacation was great.  We went to a cabin on Edinboro Lake in Edinboro, PA.  It was a great getaway.  We were able to kayak, swim, fish, birdwatch, and much more. We stayedContinue reading “Weekly Nursery Update – June 26”

Gardening Organizations and Destinations in the Pittsburgh Region

In Pittsburgh and Southwestern PA, we are fortunate to have many gardening and environmental resources and groups.  I am sure that this list is not exhaustive or complete, but all of these organizations are incredibly awesome and worth knowing about. Some of these selections might be obvious for people from Pittsburgh, but I can’t imagineContinue reading “Gardening Organizations and Destinations in the Pittsburgh Region”