<![CDATA[Nancy Brachey Home & Garden Blog | CharlotteObserver.com &]]> http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/ en-us Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:15:16 EDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:15:16 EDT Nancy Brachey 60 ccarpenter@charlotteobserver.com(Cheryl Carpenter) What’s the best time to prune? Hint: Not this weekend http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article114193498.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:30:29 EST

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Cardinal flower is an August beauty http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article94881562.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:59:03 EDT

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A job for August: Think about changes in the landscape http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article93565212.html#storylink=rss Late summer is the perfect time for thinking about changes you’d like to make in your landscape this fall.

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New plants will help us enjoy late summer into fall http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article92347857.html#storylink=rss Despite their names, toad lily and Joe-pye weed are pretty plants.

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:41:09 EDT

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Pruning hydrangeas can be a tricky job http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article90561137.html#storylink=rss Common mopheads may be pruned now for shape and size

Selective pruning of oldest stems is best

Limit your pruning of reblooming Endless Summer types

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:08:32 EDT

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Liven up your green landscape http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article89144397.html#storylink=rss Silver, white or gray foliage brightens a bed

Permanent plants give contrast when summer turns all green

Look for the easy-to-grow yet beautiful ones

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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:07:22 EDT

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Add some fresh bloom for summer into fall http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article87996792.html#storylink=rss New goldenrods are pretty garden flowers

Russian sage gives an airy, misty look to beds

Both are quite easy to grow

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:24:22 EDT

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Your house plants may need more room http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article86665262.html#storylink=rss Healthy plants may have outgrown pot

Wilting leaves is one sign

Repotting requires larger pot and fresh soil

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:10:46 EDT

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Divide irises for better blooming http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article85305507.html#storylink=rss Crowded clumps lead to a poor show

Digging and dividing yields fresh plants

Resetting them correctly is critical for performance

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:39:39 EDT

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Take care of your garden this summer http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article83896902.html#storylink=rss Proper watering is key to continued production

Harvesting on time should be at the top of your list

Remain on lookout for pests and take action

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 11:17:37 EDT

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Oak-leaf hydrangeas deserve space in your landscape http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article82248902.html#storylink=rss Beauty nearly year-round is a major asset

Flowers in early summer will stop traffic

Give them space for easy maintenance and little pruning

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 13:01:57 EDT

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Ugly fungus shows up on valuable evergreens http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article81085957.html#storylink=rss Camellias and azaleas may be affected

It looks alarming but is easy to manage

Pick off deformed leaves and fading flowers and dispose of them

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Put color in your shady landscape http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article78351522.html#storylink=rss Red, white, pink and blue flowers will stand out amid the green

Choices abound in flowers for beds or containers

Some foliage plants will also brighten a green landscape

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Wed, 18 May 2016 11:53:25 EDT

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Create containers alive with color http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article77048007.html#storylink=rss Great choices are in garden centers

Don’t opt for a single hue

Mixing colors makes them more interesting

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Wed, 11 May 2016 18:07:28 EDT

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It’s tomato-time for gardeners http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article75563282.html#storylink=rss Develop good practices for tomato gardening

Avoid problems by careful tending

When problems develop, go after them quickly

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Wed, 04 May 2016 13:15:05 EDT

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Pick a vine for your chain-link fence http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article74409072.html#storylink=rss Time and training will help conceal it

Many choices are in the marketplace

Choose between annual vines for this year or permanent evergreens

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:12:43 EDT

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Pick your flowers to take the heat http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article73132052.html#storylink=rss Here are 10 good choices to plant soon

Most require full sun for best bloom

Flowers come in many great colors

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After flowering, prune azaleas and other shrubs http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article71401712.html#storylink=rss Bring them down to right size and shape

Encourage fresh growth to make a fuller plant

Use the right technique for best results

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:42:31 EDT

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Welcome butterflies to your landscape http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article70366802.html#storylink=rss Select flowers to draw them in

Give them a sunny spot

Add a basking stone and wet sand

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:15:00 EDT

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Three cheers for an all-season shrub http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article69197632.html#storylink=rss Pieris japonica looks good all year

Flowers emerge in spring

New foliage and dormant buds are other assets

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:02:34 EDT

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Put some color at your feet in the garden http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article67954592.html#storylink=rss Creeping phlox comes in many spring colors

Evergreen candytuft looks good all year

Both grow well in the Piedmont

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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:09:49 EDT

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Charlotte gardeners: Time to get busy 3 key timing moves to a better and brighter yard http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article66679162.html#storylink=rss Spring starts Sunday: Divide the work into 3 time zones

Air and soil temperatures are key for planting some things

Choose an array of flowers and vegetables

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Where grass won’t grow, choose ground covers http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article64765122.html#storylink=rss Many choices are in the marketplace

Know whether you have sun or shade

The range includes hardy ferns and Lenten roses

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Gardening in Charlotte: Get your cool-weather vegetables going http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article62027357.html#storylink=rss Some can be grow from seeds

Others are best started from young plants

All will prosper in cool soil and air

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Get your garden bed ready http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article60679211.html#storylink=rss Planting time is getting near

Start with a small-space garden

Prepare soil for maximum benefit

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Some plants benefit from winter pruning http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article60167176.html#storylink=rss Prune ahead of fresh spring growth

Don’t prune shrubs destined to bloom in spring

Aim to cut no more than one-third of the plant

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Tidy up Lenten roses http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article57960323.html#storylink=rss Old foliage can be trimmed away

Take care not to cut new stems, leaves and buds

Watch for seedlings that can be transplanted to a roomier spot

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Take a tour of my favorite gardening Web sites http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article55827160.html#storylink=rss Some are plant-specific, others offer expert advice

Still more have a range of plant, seed choices

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Don’t waste nice winter afternoons indoors http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article54679485.html#storylink=rss It’s a good time to plant shrubs and trees

Clear out stray weeds and other unwanted plants

Transplant shrubs that are in the wrong place

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Great choices for Charlotte gardeners looking to make their winter landscape bloom http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/nancy-brachey/article53180855.html#storylink=rss Lesser-known shrubs offer beauty

They surprise with flowers in midwinter

Some are good to fill big corners of a landscape

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