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By JACQUES KELLY | May 22, 2004
WHEN I CUT my first roses on Preakness Day, I feel like it's time to stretch out and enjoy Baltimore's warm-weather months. Summer may not be here officially, but after this wretched winter, I am ready for all the pink and red blooms I can snip. And after a January and February like we've just endured, is there a better scent than a bowl of roses? And while you don't link roses with the foul-air city environment, and a wretchedly humid place like Baltimore, they prosper here. The other night I was enjoying the evening in a cozy back yard off North Avenue, and there, climbing up over an aged garage, was a splendid Don Juan.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to The Sun | May 16, 2004
We have an old lilac shrub that has gotten tall and lanky. If we cut it back now, will the plant thicken up? As lilacs mature, they often get lanky and become dominated by a few old branches. However, they do live for many years and regrow well after renewal pruning. Plants respond best to this type of pruning in early spring, but if you prune your lilac in the next few weeks, it should be fine. The goal of renewal pruning is to remove some of the old dominant branches so that new branches grow from the base.
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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 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 Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to the Sun | February 1, 2004
Several branches on my dogwood tree produced small, curled leaves last year, but the rest of the tree looked good. Should I prune those branches out, or wait to see if they improve next year? Dogwoods have a number of disease and insect problems. Diseases like powdery mildew and spot anthracnose affect the entire tree, while others often attack one branch at a time. The symptoms you describe are fairly common. I would guess that your branches have been attacked by dogwood borers or a canker disease.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and Lorraine Mirabella,SUN STAFF | October 22, 2003
State lawmakers plan to look into the tree-trimming practices of Maryland's utilities to see whether the companies are doing enough to prevent lengthy and widespread power outages during severe storms. In a first step in reviewing the utilities' response to Tropical Storm Isabel, which left more than a million Marylanderswithout power, two legislative panels heard testimony about the outages yesterday from the power companies, including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co. Members of the Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committees said they thought the utility crews had done a good job under the circumstances in restoring power in about eight days.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to the Sun | September 28, 2003
Tropical Storm Isabel damaged a number of trees in our yard. We cleaned up the fallen branches, but it looks like the trees need some pruning. How can we select a good tree company to do the work? The cleanup and repair of trees damaged by Isabel is keeping every tree company in the area busy. The best companies will likely have a long waiting list to get non-emergency work done. If you value your trees, it will be worth waiting for them to get to your work. I would select a tree service in much the same way I would select a new auto mechanic, plumber or other skilled tradesperson.
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By Dennis Bishop and Dennis Bishop,Special to the Sun | May 25, 2003
My lilacs have become overgrown and I would like to cut them back. How and when should I prune them? I would prune your lilacs very soon. They are best pruned in late spring or early summer right after flowering. With few exceptions, lilacs are coarsely branched and develop multiple stems from the base. These stems will grow for many years; however, they will begin to thin out over time and become less productive. To revive the plant, the oldest stems should be pruned several inches above the ground and removed.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 20, 2003
Harold Evensky, one of the nation's best-known certified financial planners, thinks it is time to get real about what the stock market will provide to investors. "I haven't figured out why not a lot more discussion is taking place about this," he said. "The way almost everyone invests does not make sense." In what he said is the biggest overhaul in the past 20 years, Evensky has realigned his clients' portfolios to make the most of a market that, at best, won't be making much money for stock investors.
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By Betty Rosbottom and Betty Rosbottom,Special to the Sun | December 15, 2002
Afew years ago our son married and started spending the holidays with his wife's family (we get them for Thanksgiving), so my husband and I have found ourselves facing Dec. 25 as a twosome. However, our friends have learned that we have been orphaned and insist that we share Christmas dinner with them. This year, an invitation arrived, but with a new twist. We were asked to come help prepare the holiday meal with longtime friends. Nothing could have pleased me more for, though I enjoy being a guest on this day, I like cooking Christmas dinner even better.
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