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Amaryllis is a popular bulb that has been providing stellar performances in many local landscapes over the past few weeks. Few flowering bulbs can surpass the stately beauty of the amaryllis.

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Our lives are an uninvited adventure these days. Neighborhood walks replace usual routines and entertainment for many of us. Deep gratitude goes to those who carry on essential services while others must stay home.

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Winners of the third week of the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest have been announced. The photo contest is held in the weeks usually leading up to Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival, which has been canceled because of the coronavirus restrictions.

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Entries are still being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks usually leading up to Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival. The festival has been canceled because of the coronavirus restrictions, but the photo contest is still on.

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Entries are now being accepted for the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest, held in the weeks usually leading up to Galveston’s annual spring birding and nature photography festival. The festival has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions, but the photo contest is still on.

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The Master Gardener volunteers sponsored a spring plant sale last month at the Rodeo Area at the County Fairgrounds. Individuals attending had a variety of questions. The following is a sampling of the questions asked.

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The first day of spring will arrive in two weeks (10:50 p.m. March 19). From a gardening perspective, the exact timing of “spring” is less precise.

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If you ask me what some of my favorite plants for summer color are, caladiums absolutely would be on the list. Caladiums have been a part of Galveston County landscapes since the 1800s and are still valued today for their colorful spring/summer display.

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Q: In last week’s gardening column, you had a photo of a tree branch stub that was rotting. The trunk of my oak has rotted out near the base of the tree. Can such an extensive trunk rot really be the result of a small branch that rotted out several feet above the ground?

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Virtually all trees in our landscapes will need to be pruned during their lives — particularly in the first two decades after planting. Sometimes a tree may need to be pruned in some way to help it, such as dealing with storm damage, reducing limb weight, removing dead limbs and stopping the…

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Blueberries are truly an American fruit, with several species native to the United States. Blueberries are ideal for edible landscaping. They’re neat, attractive shrubs that can serve as hedges, privacy screens or background plantings for beds.