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Daffodils Herald the Coming of Spring

Although commonly known as daffodils, the term Narcissus is the correct genus name for these spring blooming bulbs. Narcissus species and hybrids come in a myriad of sizes, colors, and forms, and...

February Week 4 Garden Photos

Spring is slowly arriving, pushing winter out the door. Wake Robin (Trillium decipeins) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019...

Narrowleaf Vetch, Common Vetch

Narrowleaf vetch (Vicia sativa) is a common winter annual weed in the legume family, and it fixes its own nitrogen from the atmosphere. This plant has been grown since Roman times for livestock...

Yellowbells – Harbingers of Spring

Forsythia is a genus of spring flowering shrubs that burst into bloom in early March before their leaves appear. However, they are best known by their common name of yellowbells. Yellowbells...

February Week 3 Garden Photos

Winter is the perfect time to learn how to identify trees by the bark. Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson Extension Wild Cherry (Prunus serotina) Barbara H....

Winter Leaf Marcescence

Have you noticed the persistent brown leaves still hanging on some deciduous trees long after their foliar companions have fallen? This usually becomes very apparent after normal leaf drop in early...

Gift Plants

Consider living plants as an alternative to traditional cut flowers for Valentine’s Day this year. Cyclamen, kalanchoe, and miniature roses are all great alternatives. Cyclamen has heart shaped...

LENTEN ROSES

Lenten rose is one of the first perennials to flower each new gardening year. The plant’s name comes from its typical spring bloom time in northern climates that coincides with the religious season...

Paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha)

When I encounter paperbush (Edgeworthia chrysantha) in late summer, I hear Tom Petty singing his 1981 release of “The Waiting”, where he sings that “waiting is the hardest part.” That’s what...

Pruning Muscadines

Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) are native to the Carolinas, making them a relatively low-maintenance fruit that is well adapted to our warm and humid climate. Gardeners experience very few...

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