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By Ary Bruno and Ary Bruno,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 2, 2002
Like divas of the plant world, roses conjure up both lust and despair. No other flower can claim to have made so many swoon. Or to have left so many with a shelf full of chemicals in the garage and sulking plants in the garden. If you've been turned off by the labor-intensive regimen of roses in the past -- the spraying, the bugs and the black spot -- you'll be heartened to learn that new, improved varieties today make roses more of a friend than foe. "Nobody should waste their time spraying roses," says Frank Gouin, professor emeritus of horticulture and landscape architecture at the University of Maryland.
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FEATURES
July 28, 1996
Help! Hurricane Bertha's wind broke off a third of my red maple tree. Should I cover the cut with pruning paint or just cut the tree down?Trees with a stiff, upright branching pattern or brittle wood are susceptible to wind damage. These include some cultivars of red maple, silver maple and willows, and the Bradford pear. These types of trees should be pruned regularly to reduce wind hTC resistance. When individual branches break off, you will need to recut just outside the branch bark ridge with a sharp saw.Pruning paint is no longer in vogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Schaffer and Greg Romano | March 18, 2004
Stars at Hood Hood College welcomes stargazers to its Frederick campus this spring. Each Wednesday evening through May 5, astronomy lecturer Ken Howard will answer guests' questions as they view stars and planets from the Williams Observatory's telescope. Visiting hours for this event are 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Hood College is at 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Call 301-696-3679 or visit www. hood.edu. Tea from scratch Brew your own tea Saturday and Sunday at the Marshy Point Nature Center.
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By Ellen Nibali and David Clement and Ellen Nibali and David Clement,Special to The Sun | March 24, 2007
I have to rethink my garden because of deer damage. What shrubs won't deer eat? There are no guarantees. Where deer populations are very high, they eat just about anything. Usually American holly, osmanthus, viburnums, caryopteris, rose of Sharon, butterfly bush, sweet box, Oregon grape holly, red osier dogwood and boxwood are reliable survivors. Many plants do well once they're established, if protected by fencing or repellents when small and tender. Resist planting barberry or other nonnative invasive plants.
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 10, 2004
My youngest child has left for college and friends keep asking how things are in the empty nest, and I tell them that my garden is getting better every day. My flowerbeds had been on their own this summer. There had been the illness and death of my children's grandmother, and their departures for college had turned my house for weeks into what looked like the staging area for a military campaign. I vaguely remember sprinkling some coffee grounds around the roses in early June, but nothing after that.
NEWS
January 1, 1995
Emu Speculation Will Never FlyFortunately, the eagerness of emu investors to get the emu onto the slaughterhouse floor flies in the face of reality ("Emu farming begins to take off," The Sun, Dec. 12).As the American Veterinary Medical Association and other analysts have pointed out, the emu business is a pyramid structure consisting almost entirely of speculation in breeding stock.When this pyramid collapses, thousands of investors will lose their fortunes and thousands of emus will be killed to cut losses, since virtually no progress has been made toward actually developing a consumer market for emu, ostrich or any other flesh derived from the ratites, or flightless fowl.
NEWS
September 28, 1992
Hampstead council passes tree ordinanceThe Hampstead Town Council last Monday night unanimously passed the Hampstead tree ordinance, which provides for the creation of a tree committee and the adoption of a town tree plan.The action makes Hampstead eligible to be classified as a Tree City USA. This makes it possible for the town to receive federal money for tree planting and other landscaping.This plan lists the approved kinds of trees that can be planted along roadsides and requires the use of licensed professional tree experts in pruning.
NEWS
November 27, 2005
THE ISSUE: Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. continues its extensive tree-cutting program along 9 miles of Route 140 from Finksburg to Westminster. The utility says it must comply with new standards developed by the North American Electric Reliability Council. Although residents concede that the utility can deal with trees in its rights of way, they say the company has changed its approach from trimming and pruning to eliminating trees. YOUR VIEW: Should BGE take a different tactic and try to save trees that are not an immediate problem to its power lines?
NEWS
April 21, 1991
Like the Liberty apple, Asian pears show great promise for Maryland homeowners who want to grow backyard fruit with a minimum of pesticides.Familiar varieties of pears -- like Bartlett and Bosc -- require fewer applications of pesticides than do most apples, said Dr. Christopher S. Walsh, fruits specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service University of Maryland System.But Asian pears require even less spraying. Since their attractive, ornamental foliage is not subject to disease pressures, no spraying is required until the trees start bearing.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff | February 11, 2001
It can be argued -- as novelist Jay McInerney did in his wine column in a recent issue of House & Garden magazine -- that the cocktail hour is the brash American equivalent of British teatime. While there's much to be said for a martini, there's also a great deal in favor of tea -- the accoutrements are so charmingly traditional, for instance: teapots, tea cups and saucers, silver spoons and tiny tea napkins. Unless you're one of 71 artists in the "100 Teapots" show at Baltimore Clayworks (through Feb. 24)
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