Monthly Archives: July 2011

Garden ornaments are cool – and they don’t need watering

Gardening in summer heat and drought isn’t much fun – there, I said it!  It’s all-watering-all-the-time, and no new growth to enjoy.  So it’s times like now (and also in the dead of winter) that …

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The Fig Saga

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

FIGS-It’s All Great News

Great news because figs flourish beautifully in our region -as long as they are in a protected spot …

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More Native Perennials that are Great in the Garden

This is the second installment on this popular topic.  Click here to read about Turtlehead, Coreopsis,  Spiderwort and Baptisia.

Solidago/Goldenrod

There are about 150 different Goldenrods, most of them native to the prairies, river …

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Rose Rosette Disease is Bad News for Rose-Lovers

by Gene Sumi

There’s a relatively new problem suddenly appearing in our rose gardens and the news is not very good if you find that you have it.  If you’ve noticed new branches coming out …

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Maryland wants us to plant trees, or give them as gifts

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources was present and accounted for at our recent Crape Myrtle Festival, doling out really important information about state help for buyers of native trees.   But honestly, what stopped …

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Greenspire Euonymus

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This dense, evergreen shrub has a lovely, elegant upright growth habit that makes an attractive year-round green hedge …

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A Mid-Summer Menu For the Whole Gang

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

A Menu For the Whole Gang

Berkshire Pork with Nectarine Glaze

Summer Squash Mounds

Watermelon~Local Honey Dessert Soup

It’s an easy sell in the summer to find …

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Kerry’s favorite plants for sizzling hot summer containers

As promised, here’s part 2 of Kerry Kelley’s container gardening tips for hot weather.  Click here to see her suggestions for designing plant combinations, and potting up the chosen plants – and see some …

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Kerry’s Tips for Designing and Planting Containers

Kerry Kelley,  Homestead’s manager of annuals, shared her tips for designing and caring for awesome container plantings as part of our Crapemyrtle Festival, and her enthusiasm for plants and combining them beautifully was apparent to …

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Summer Grazing

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

Now this go round, I’m not referring to the grazing of pastured animals but those of us, the human beings, who find pleasure in …

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How to Garden the Low-Maintenance Way

Master Gardener Lisa Winters shared these terrific tips for low-maintenance gardening at Homestead’s Perennial Affair.

No-Maintenance?

Is there such a thing as no-maintenance gardening?  Contrary to some mistaken reports in the media, NO.   Here are …

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Three great native trees for gardens

I asked Joseph Panossian, Homestead’s tree and shrub manager, to point out some smaller native trees that would fit nicely into urban and suburban gardens – because how many of us have room for another …

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Annapolis – The City of Flowers by the Bay

Annapolis businessman Steve Samaras was one of three friends of Homestead founder Don Riddle who shared memories of Don during his funeral service.  We learned about Don’s mission to beautify the city …

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Creekside Dinner and the Hit of the Party

Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook 

For a casual dinner gathering in the full swing of summer, I finally got to create again with my very dear and longtime friends, …

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In Loving Memory of Don E. Riddle, Jr.

In Loving Memory of Don E. Riddle, Jr.

March 24, 1948 – June 30, 2011

Don E. Riddle, Jr. of Annapolis died June 30th at home.

He was born in 1948 to the late Don …

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Gardening Tips for July

Watering
Click here to read my watering advice to readers and garden-coaching clients – all about keeping plants alive without wasting water.  Speaking of wasting water, some common ways to do that are …

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Remembrances

It is with profound sadness that the Homestead Gardens family marks the passing of Don Riddle, Jr. Mere words cannot begin to express the sense of loss felt by those who have considered Don a …

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