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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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By Thomas G. Ford Extension Service horticulture consultant | October 13, 1991
Last month's gardening supplement to the Carroll County Sun contained conflicting information regarding the fertilization of trees and shrubs in the fall.The University of Maryland Cooperative ExtensionService's research has shown that fall fertilization does not increase the risk of winter injury, nor does it cause plants to grow longerinto the winter season.Most horticulturists concur that nutritionally-stressed plants are more likely to be injured by freezing temperatures than plants fertilized in the fall.
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By Kathy Van Mullekom and Kathy Van Mullekom,Daily Press | March 14, 2004
Growing roses can be an intimidating experience, especially for a new gardener. Roses are often regarded as fussy plants that need too much time and too many chemicals to keep them blemish free and full of beautiful blooms. That long-held notion is changing. An evolving new collection -- New Generation Roses by Jackson & Perkins -- makes it easier to enjoy almost-perfect roses. "They're bred to be simpler to grow," says Mike Cady, a horticulturist with Jackson & Perkins. The new roses grow on their own roots, not grafted onto the rootstock of other plants.
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By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | September 24, 2005
Last week I felt stinging on my arm while I was pruning and realized I brushed against a caterpillar. It reminded me of a weird Scottie dog, brown with fuzzy "ears" at both ends, green in the middle with one neat brown spot. The sting hurt like the dickens, until I put the old baking soda-water home remedy on it. What was that caterpillar? The saddleback caterpillar is the larval form of a common East Coast moth. Eggs are laid in clutches, and initially caterpillars can be gregarious, feeding in groups.
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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.
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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.
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By JOHN FRITZE and JOHN FRITZE,SUN REPORTER | May 30, 2006
After years of enduring the hard knocks of city life - from encroaching development to approaching dogs - a lone city tree in Northeast Baltimore struck back against humanity one windy night in January and wrecked a car. The otherwise benign maple made its move about 9 p.m., as Henry Thomas Jr. relaxed in front of the TV with his wife. Thomas heard a crash outside, peered through the window and saw a huge branch in the driveway next to his month-old Chrysler C300. "We heard this boom and I was like, `Whoa,'" said Thomas, who is 57 and lives in Woodbourne Heights.
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By Mary Gold and Mary Gold,Contributing writer | February 10, 1991
Picture yourself in the classroom again, blank notebook page in hand, debating whether to raise your hand and ask a question or wait and hope that someone else will do it.Remember?If you are at all interested in learning a little or a lot about gardening, now is the optimum time and best place to do it.This winter and spring hold some wonderful opportunities to get some horticulture education, perhaps meet new gardening friends and to ask all the questions you want -- at little or no cost.
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By Jon Traunfeld & Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld & Ellen Nibali,Special to the Sun | July 4, 2004
What happened to the trees? It looks like they're all dying. What's going on? The cicadas may be gone, but we'll see their impact all summer. The "flagging" injury you're seeing -- lots of dead twigs at the ends of branches -- resulted from the millions of small slits made by females for depositing their tiny white eggs. This disrupted the vascular system of the twigs, preventing water and nutrients from reaching the ends of branches. Although the results can look alarming, usually it amounts to no more than a benign tip pruning by Mother Nature.
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By Steve Chapman | February 9, 2005
CHICAGO - Listening to liberals and conservatives bicker about Social Security is like hearing someone talk about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Their perceptions are so different that it's hard to remember they are both talking about the same thing. Liberals see it as a sacred social welfare program that shields the elderly and therefore must be protected at all costs. Conservatives see it as a grossly overstretched entitlement that punishes the young and thus needs to be fundamentally reshaped.
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