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Catch My Drift

    For years many gardeners have known about The Knock Out Family of Roses series. Roses that are repeat-bloomers, disease resistant, winter hardy and virtually maintenance free. And while I agree with all that is said here, the gripe that comes our way, at our garden...

Planning Ahead

       I have spent the better part of the winter educating myself, attending trades shows, seminars, garden tours, private gardens and surfing the net all to better prepare myself for the upcoming year. I learned a long time ago that no one can learn every...

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This proverbial phrase is meant to encourage optimism and a “can do” attitude when faced with adversity. Given the recent weather phenomena’s, particularly Sandy, I thought it would be a good time to consider talking about improved garden...

BRACE YOURSELVES FOR THIS…

  article written by Robert LaHoff Here it is quite simply… one of the most popular annuals grown, marketed and sold in the Northeast may be difficult to obtain this coming spring. “Impatiens avoidance behavior will largely be seen for the first time in 2013, says Cornell...

CUT CHRISTMAS TREE PRESERVATION 101:

Published December 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Measure the height of your ceiling and the thickness of your Christmas tree stand’s base. Sounds simple, however many people think their ceilings are bigger than they are and that their Christmas tree stand adds several inches to the overall height. Remember...

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

Published November 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff The holiday season is gradually building and soon some thought will be given to the two planters that flank either side of your front door. Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Conica’ seems to be the pedestrian plant choice for most. A dwarf White Spruce...

FABULOUS, UNIQUE & FUNKY FRUIT

Published October 15, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Most people are drawn, at least initially, to plants because of their flowers. As their education continues, it seems, so does their appreciation of other attributes. Admiring the flowers of rhododendron and azalea and appreciating the unique bark that many trees and...

“PLANTGASM”

Published September 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff Daryl Kobesky, a friend and colleague in the industry, greeted me a few weeks ago on a nursery tour with this witty title. His spontaneous and clever word, Plantgasm, was used in reference to our enjoyment of his well-tended plants. Along side...

SHORE TO PLEASE

Published August 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff A few weeks ago my family took a “daycation” to the Jersey Shore. Traveling down to Long Branch for a little “fun in the sun,” we made our way back home in a most indirect way. Traveling through Oceanport, Little Silver, Rumson...

A GUILTY PLEASURE

Published July 12, 2012 | By Robert LaHoff There are times in life when you know what the right thing to do is and you simply go the other way. I’m not talking about a moral compass here, but rather a gardening decision I made, for my own property, a...