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"Time to replant containers for winter interest," by the Whistling Gardener

Planting winter containers requires a paradigm shift. Instead of thinking of flowers as our source of color, we need to shift our focus to colors and textures of foliage. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s always a dilemma this time of year. It’s time to do our fall planting and get ready for winter but the flowerpots and beds are still looking great. In an effort to get our money’s worth out of our summer plantings, we nurse our geraniums and petunias along well into October. But by waiting so long to replant, we miss the opportunity to compose new plantings that will look interesting all winter long and into the spring.

"The Birds and the Bees – all part of a healthy garden," by the Whistling Gardener

There is a whole garden ecosystem that includes microbes, insects, worms, mammals (some less desirable than others) and of course birds.

As gardeners we all know there is more to gardening than just the plants. There is a whole ecosystem that includes microbes, insects, worms, mammals (some less desirable than others) and of course birds. Here are some thoughts on attracting birds and pollinators into our gardens.

"Hydrangeas—so many to choose from, so little room," by the Whistling Gardener

The world of hydrangeas has absolutely exploded in the last ten years to the point that it is impossible to keep up with all the new cultivars.

The world of hydrangeas has absolutely exploded in the last ten years to the point that it is impossible to keep up with all the new cultivars. In my small garden alone I have eight different varieties and that doesn’t include any of the new ones that have come on the market recently.

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