August2018 Archive:


Doug’s mailbag: Dogwood relocation, tomato issues and garlic soup recipe
Doug Oster

Gardening editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in your

Roses are a family heirloom for this gardener
Doug Oster

Marsha Kennedy is warming up to her hydrangea after she’s finally coaxed it to bloom in hues of purple. It’s her favorite color, which is evident by her hummingbird print T-shirt and the purple tint in the 68-year-old’s hair. Her Wilkins Township garden is filled with pollinator plants like milkweed, coneflower, phlox, monarda, borage and

sunflower days
Stephanie Lamperski

I have been growing sunflowers for years, and this year I believe my multi flower variety is the tallest ever…~13’ . Usually only the Russian Mammoth single flower claim to be 12-14’. I want to send you a couple pictures… Long live the mighty Sunflower!!!

Hummingbird Moth

Saw a Hummingbird Moth enjoying the nectar from some of my flowers

Garlic festival

1,400+ pounds of fresh produce donated to Pittsburgh food bank
Mike Palm

Hundreds of guests got their fill of food at the annual Tomato and Garlic Festival, held at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. But one of the biggest beneficiaries of the event was the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. With a donation of fresh produce, guests received free admission to Phipps. More than 1,400 pounds

Golden roses
Cynthia Wood

50th wedding anniversary roses

Tithonia and ?
Jim Jones

Tithonia is wonderful. My first try. The tall plants with small white flowers on the right, I can’t identify, but I know I got the seeds from Doug Oster.

Red Garnet Pentas
Ruth Scruggs

I’m really liking this Red Garnet Pentas, vinca and heliotrope beside my deck steps.

Dahlia beds are hitting their stride…

I love this time of year…. I wake up early so I can see what has happened in my 4 dahlia beds overnight. With 175 planted there is never a dull morning!


Hummingbirds love the zinnias and nasturtiums.

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