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Annie Payne: The more the merrier

By Annie Payne

A year ago I wrote a story titled, “What does your Christmas tree say about you?” The column brought me instant fame and glory ... in Manitoba, Canada. It also acquainted me with Darrell Jones here in the Grand Valley. He sent me ...


Homegrown: Schefflera plants, mugo pines

By Dennis Hill

I have a schefflera houseplant that has been growing in low light and has only a few branches that are stretched out. I would prefer to have a fuller-looking plant. I have read that you can prune the plant back to encourage new growth at the ...


Homegrown: Catalpa bunga tree, irrigation silt

By Dennis Hill

I bought a catalpa bungei tree about five years ago and would like to try to control its size. I was told I could trim back all the branches in the spring about one-third of the way. Does this sound right to you? Also, I was recently in ...


Homegrown: Hydrangeas in Rangely

By Dennis Hill

How well do hydrangeas do in Rangely? Are they easy to care for? Will they last through the minus 20 below weather? My neighbor got one from a funeral and she planted it this summer in her southern front yard which gets some shade during the ...


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Daring to dine with color

By Annie Payne

I am the type of person that doesn’t need to be talked into color. I need to be talked out of it. If I had my way, it would look like Rainbow Brite painted my house. In our last home, I experimented with color (to the chagrin of Secret ...


Homegrown: Jupiter’s Beard, Chinese trees

By Dennis Hill

We have red Jupiter’s Beard growing in our backyard that has one white flower growing from a red one. After the flowers quit blooming I cut them back and they flowered again. My question is why did one part of the plant come back as a ...


Homegrown: Late-fall fertilizing

By Dennis Hill

You suggested that we fertilize in the late fall with a double batch of your fertilizer. I did that and my lawn has never looked better. I get tired of mowing it. Do you still suggest that I double the fertilizer before the ditch water goes ...


Homegrown: Lilac plants

By Dennis Hill

Years ago, I transplanted about 10 lilac plants from the sandhills of eastern Colorado. Around late August, they all turned brown around the edge of the leaves and then the leaves died. But then most of them put on buds and sprouted new green ...


Homegrown: Mystery plant, paulownia trees

By Dennis Hill

I have a plant I potted that I need help identifying. It grows like a reed with dark green stems that are hollow in the middle. The stems are kind of three sided and topped with a thick cluster of green “threads” that look like a ...


Homegrown: Watering in the fall

By Dennis Hill

Earlier in the season, I was advised that we should be watering our lawn/trees two times a week for 45 minutes, which was very good advice. Now that fall is here, how should we scale down our watering schedule until shutdown of irrigation ...


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