Archive for Survival In A Hot Humid Climate

Hot Time, Summer In The City (And The Burbs)

First, a brief history of lawns.  Then we’ll rant about how they are the single most wasteful use of water. (Just kidding.  But only a little.)  The word lawn may have evolved from the Middle English word launde, which described a naturally occurring opening between wooded areas, where a variety of low to medium height plants […]

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Meet The Beetles – And A Bug Or Two

If you try not to use chemicals in your vegetable gardens, chances are you spent quite a bit of time this summer handpicking and squishing all sorts of insects, in all stages of life, from eggs to larvae to adults, from your vegetable plants.  The bad news is they’ve already planned their comeback attack for […]

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Staying Alive (Try to get that tune out of your head now.)

So I walked into my favorite plant nursery (you know the one) in early spring, and saw this strapping, young Stewartia pseudocamellia, just popping with flower buds.  Stewartia trees are generally not easy to find, and worth their weight in gold to those of us who love its form, bark, and blossoms.  Of course I […]

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It’s Too Darned Hot!

Keeping Cool We are reminded during mandatory flight safety videos to take care of ourselves, first, then help others.  The same principle applies to gardening in hot summer weather – we can’t water and tend to our gardens without first making sure that we are cool, protected, and hydrated. Avoiding the heat altogether is the […]

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