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Serena Manickam

Serena Manickam is a freelance editor and writer and sustainable market gardener in rural Virginia. She holds a BA in environmental science and runs Fairydiddle Farm, a small market garden in which she grows no-spray produce and herbs to sell at a local farmer’s market.

20 Stunning Flowers that Start with S

Stunning, striking, sweet, splendid, sumptuous … numerous adjectives that begin with S can be used to describe the wonderful attributes of flowers. We can also talk about their subtle beauty, simple care, scented blooms, or surprising qualities. Beyond words to describe them, there are many flowers that start with S! Here is just a sampling …

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3 Ways To Celebrate “Learn About Butterflies Day” on March 14

Among the many joys of gardening are the wonderful creatures that visit our outdoor spaces. Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, songbirds, toads, ladybugs, and many others add another dimension of beauty to the flowers and foliage in our yards. To further recognize and appreciate one category of these special visitors, March 14 has been designated Learn About …

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17 Remarkable Flowers that Start with R

How many times have you been stopped in your tracks by a unique flower, paused to admire its singular beauty? How many times have you longed to bring that wonder into your own garden? While there are innumerable striking flowers to choose from, here are 17 remarkable flowers that start with R to help you …

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Celebrate Spring with Plant a Flower Day – Even with Snow Still on the Ground

Spring may still feel a long way off in mid-March, but it’s really just around the corner! And what better way to herald in warmer weather than by planting flowers? On March 12, barely more than a week before the spring equinox, we celebrate the coming of spring with plant a flower day. Plant a …

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How to Prune Tomato Plants – A Simple, Straightforward Guide

The conversations around pruning tomato plants can be dizzying! Some gardeners say definitely do, while others say don’t bother. And the methods vary as well: remove entire branches, cut just the tips of branches, prune at certain times, prune throughout the season, and so on. This can all leave you wondering not only how to …

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10 Outstanding Flowers that Start with O

Make your garden even more eye-catching by adding some of these outstanding flowering plants. Whether you’re striving to improve curb appeal or to design the perfect outdoor oasis, you’re sure to find something of interest on this list of 10 flowers that start with O. Annual Flowers that Start with O 1. Ocean pearls (Agrostemma …

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12 Notable Flowers that Start with N

Each flowering plant has its own distinctive traits, and all are worthy of our attention. Many of the outstanding plants in the list below have distinguished names to match. Add a few of these notable flowers that start with N to your garden for a noteworthy display of color. Annual Flowers that Start with N …

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