What’s Old Will be New Again

IMG_2732Now that old man winter has descended upon us, as gardeners, we are looking for projects to get us out of the house. It is the perfect time to renovate that old boxwood (Buxus) hedge. Fellow gardener, Nicole Selby, and I performed this rejuvenation on an aging boxwood hedge last month.

Here you can see half of the old boxwood hedge has been pruned. photo credit: A. Glas

Here you can see half of the old boxwood hedge has been pruned. photo credit: A. Glas

This particular hedge is informal in style. Due its informal style, regular yearly pruning to maintain its shape is not necessary. However, over time informal hedges can begin to look tired …

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Plants of the Week: February 1

Malus 'Strawberry Parfait' fruit in winter (1) JWC

The website, Great Plant Picks, provides a concise and on-point description of Malus ‘Strawberry Parfait’. “‘Strawberry Parfait’ is red in bud, flowers are large and light pink with a deeper pink margin. It is a heavy bloomer and one of the best pink flowered cultivars. Fruits are deep red and persistent into the winter. Foliage is reddish purple in spring and turns green in summer. This is one of the broader growing cultivars and is excellent in groves or a substitute in a rustic setting when you would like replicate the effect of an apple orchard without the overabundance of …

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Crum Woods Chronicle: A Vulnerable Giant

This article is part of an ongoing column called the Crum Woods Chronicle. The Crum Woods Chronicle will be periodic updates and observations about subjects related to natural history, interesting species found in and around the Crum Woods, and exciting events you can get involved in. My hope is that some of these topics will interest you, strengthen your connection to the Crum Woods, and inspire you to explore your backyard a little more often.

Natural areas do not maintain their character and quality independently, especially when they are heavily used by people and embedded in urban environments. Educating yourself

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