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“Fruity Pebbles”

   “Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles are brands of breakfast cereal introduced by Post Foods in 1971 featuring characters from the animated series The Flinstones as spokestoons. Fruity Pebbles contains crisp rice cereal bits that come in a variety of fruit flavors” (Wikipedia). Viburnum is...

Google These

    A little over a month ago, MSN-Travel came up on “my homepage” and had “80 Unreal Places You Only Thought Existed In Your Imagination.” Not surprisingly, a good number of places, represented on their list, had to do with plant material. Since most of...

Remembering A Friend

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing” -Abraham Lincoln. This past June a dear friend of ours was lost. George Snyder, a long time resident of Long Hill...

Walking In The Trees

Just a short drive down the New Jersey Turnpike and across the Pennsylvania Turnpike had my family arriving at the Morris Arboretum in late May. The Morris Arboretum, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an interdisciplinary center for arts and sciences, education and research. A not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization of the...

One Off My Bucket List

At the encouragement of Tom Castronovo, the executive editor and publisher of Gardener News, this months article has virtually nothing to do with plant material. Rather, June’s column is dedicated to another hobby, a non-profit organization, the Special Olympics. “The Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round...

Set the Tone in Your Garden

New Jersey, the Garden State, has an eight-decade resource fully capable of providing nutrition for all your “green friends.” The Espoma Company, founded in 1929, is a fourth generation family owned and managed business in Millville, New Jersey dedicated to the highest quality, most effective,...

Early in the 2nd Quarter

I think it’s safe to say that we are all excited that spring is finally here. Back to back brutal winters have taken their toll on our emotions, our strength shoveling ourselves out and with certainty our gardens. As the snow melts its time to...

Honey Hole

Wikipedia defines a honey hole as “slang for a location that yields a valued commodity or resource.” In fishing, it could mean a particular spot in the water where conditions are perfect for catching fish. For a “plant junkie”, like myself, it refers to a...

Never Picked First in Kickball

Growing up as a child in the 1970’s and 80’s, the game kickball was a popular playground sport. We took the game very seriously and at times we brought competition to heightened levels. With designated team captains we always had the students pick the teams. Today, our politically...

A Cunning Conifer

One of my favorite trees in the world has very little presence here in New Jersey. A tree native to central and southern China, this tree has captivated my attention for decades. A coniferous evergreen, this intriguing conifer has leaves that are spirally arranged and is often confused...