Marjorie Harris

Winter 2010 Newsletter

The other day the local red-tailed hawk swooped right into the neighbour’s spruce tree and picked off something in a lightning flash. A wee bird I’m afraid. I could have used one less rat around. But it does remind you that nature is moving forward...

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Fresh Air Sunday Oct 2, 2010 & Callicarpa

I'll be on Fresh Air Sunday Oct 10 at 8:30 a.m. with the redoubtable Karen Gordon. We'll be answering garden questions and thinking about this last glorious gasp of autumn. Here is the plant of the week: This is Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'or Beautyberry This is a stunner...

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plant lists from Fresh Air Sunday

Fresh Air was fantastic for me. Karen Gorden is terrific. I talked a blue streak.  Here are the lists mentioned: Bulb list Muscari  latifolium blue Scilla ‘Spring Beauty’   blue Allium ‘Atropurpureum’ purple Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ purple-magenta Hyacinthoides   non scripta  (English Bluebells Tulipa tarda white  with a yellow interior Tulipa ‘Spring Green’ ...

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japanese beetles

What a pile of mail about Japanese beetles.  Apparently this was an incredible year for them.  here's a typical letter: We had a garden planted 2yrs.ago. We have [had] tea roses near in the bed adj. to the house[south facing] Had an infestation of the Japanese...

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Insecticides

Jean Cumming wrote me this wonderful e-mail: What is Paris green? Bordeaux mixture? I presume arsenate of lead is an evil poison that cannot and should not be sold or purchased? I found Canadian gardening textbooks at a garage sale, one really, two editions, 1938 and...

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Lily Beetles

I get back into the garden after non-stop garden installations and what do I find? Lily beetles. I've been hearing from so many of you that the infestation has hit all over the country. Well no one is immune it seems. There's one way...

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