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Subscriber onlyQ I have a couple of questions about my wonderful hardy orchids that I have had for years. They produce beautiful little blooms, and I'm so happy with them. I have them in three places. If it is possible, I would like to move one "bunch," because they are rather consumed by an autumn fern. I think the roots are shallow and delicate. When would be the best time to transplant? My other question concerns the leaves. They are huge, and in the past I have let them go away on their own when cold weather comes on. I'm wondering if I should be cutting the leaves off after a certain point? I have one more question ... what about the seed pods? Leave them alone, keep them or plant them -- they have naturally produced more plants over the years. Continue reading...

Sweet! Big year for figs

Growers are harvesting a bumper crop — that is, if the creatures don’t get them first

Subscriber onlyFor many gardeners, 2016 may be called the Year of the Fig. Fig trees are loaded with fruit, which is a welcome change from the past two years, when winter damage lowered the harvest. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ I want to send moon-flower seeds to our daughter in Florida, but my moonflower does not produce any seed pods whatsoever. What advice can you offer me? Continue reading...

Mount Holly hosts garden series

Subscriber onlyLovers of gardening and history can satisfy both their passions at the Mount Holly Garden Series, 9 a.m. today at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 S. Broadway. Continue reading...

Versatility, colors put geranium high on 'must have' list

Subscriber onlyGeraniums. The word brings to mind images of baseball-size red or orange flowers that are boldly held above bright green scalloped leaves. They're a lot like lollipops of the plant world -- sweet but bland. But the real name for those plants is Pelargonium, and when the first autumn frost arrives, they turn to mush because they are annuals. True geraniums are hardy perennials that return to the garden each year with a flush of handsome leaves. In spring and early summer, they can be covered with flowers that are pale pink, blue, purple, violet, rose, magenta or pure white. Continue reading...