Check your Houseplants for a New Invader: Spotted Lanternfly

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is warning consumers to check houseplants purchased this winter for a new pest called Spotted Lanternfly. Evidently, a single dead pest was found in a home near Boston and reported to officials. Experts believe the pest may have arrived on a shipment of poinsettia plants that arrived from Pennsylvania. Spotted…

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Plant Pick: Plants with Interesting Bark in Winter

Stuck indoors a lot in winter?  Let’s plant something interesting to view from your windows!   Most broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons curl their leaves tightly in the cold for self-preservation.  This isn’t that attractive over time.  Why not try something different?  Textured bark might be one solution.   One of my favorite native woodland plants…

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Plant Pick – Pines

Evergreens are popular this month, so I thought I would feature our native white pine, Pinus strobus, and its relatives. This is my favorite evergreen for winter containers as it lends a graceful note, draping over the edges.  Needles on this pine appear in bundles Eastern White Pine of 5 and are soft to the…

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