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Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles!

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Curse of the Bush Honeysuckles!
All around the St. Louis area one will see bush honeysuckles in full flower now. They are growing in yards, along streets and roads, and throughout natural areas. One would have thought that the drought of last summer would have knocked them back, but it didn’t. They are as lush and green as ever. I guess that is part of the reason why they top the list of alien, invasive plants in our area. They are spread primarily by birds eating the red berries, which mature later in the year. The seed...
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Peonies: a Spring Tradition

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Peonies: a Spring Tradition
The peony (Paeonia) has been and still is a garden favorite for a number of reasons including its good winter hardiness, large, beautiful and often fragrant flowers and great looking foliage when not in bloom. As a kid, I always remember my mom cutting some of the flowers and bringing them into the house sometime between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. As I recall, along with Iris, it was one of the few perennials at our farm house. Here at the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), you&r...
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An Excellent Package of Fringe Benefits

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An Excellent Package of Fringe Benefits
A package of excellent fringe benefits often puts “the frosting on the cake” when it comes to a great job. How nice it would be if you could just pick from a menu to select the fringe benefits you would like in your “job package”. When it comes to your landscape, you can select the type of plant you want and enjoy some excellent “fringe benefits” from those selections. After the long winter we just experienced and continuing with the expanding spring, the fr...
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