Gardening: Valerie’s favorite daylily

Homes & Home | July 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Valerie, my wife, has a particular affection for a hybrid daylily that grows in a narrow strip beside the path. Bob Marselonis, who died of AIDS in 1989, gave it to her. He was only 40 years old. Whenever she sees it blooming, she remembers. Bob made his living as a computer technician, […]

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Gardening: Valerie’s approach to garden design

Homes & Home | July 24th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Stan Cutler Valerie, my wife, provides an environment for plants to thrive, ever alert for yellowing leaves, sneaky strangler vines, and insects. Lucky, indeed, is the plant Valerie puts in her garden. If she thinks a plant can do better elsewhere, she moves it. Her satisfaction comes from seeing them bloom.  As a consequence, she […]

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Backyard gardening: The never-ending war on pests

Homes & Home | July 10th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Stan Cutler Valerie’s enemies list includes squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, starlings, cats, mockingbirds, cowbirds, aphids, white flies, powdery mildew and now (BREAKING NEWS) – the Spotted Lantern Fly (SLF). My wife is not an aggressive person, but she is determined. She cares a great deal about her hundreds of plants and the songbirds who feed […]

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Gardening: Valerie’s marsh garden

Homes & Home | June 17th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Stan Cutler The disappearance of marshland is a terrible consequence of human devastation. Homo sapiens is the virus, mother earth is our victim. If you get off the AC expressway at the Ventnor exit, the road takes you through the salty shallows behind Absecon Island, a pathetic remnant of an ecosystem. Valerie looks forward […]

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Gardening: Memories of a rose garden, part 2

Homes & Home | June 10th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Stan Cutler  (continued from last week’s article on roses) Something was eating one of the rose bushes. During the first week of the pandemic lockdown, we transplanted three weak bushes to a more congenial part of the garden. We’d planted them last year, but they had not thrived. By late Autumn of 2019 they […]

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