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"Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Lulu WeinstockThanks for the lovely photos and poetry2 days ago

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"It's beautiful, the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom;
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush green meadows play.

Light hearted skylark, songster of the wing,
High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing;
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath,
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

So mellow the gentle breath of June day breeze!
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees,
And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream
Bask in the sun, their spotted skins agleam."
- Francis Duggan, "June"
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Let me introduce you . . . .

One of my garden favorites is Pennsylvania's state flower, the Mountain Laurel (kalmia latifolia). Each year in June, I wait for the eye-popping display of tiny pink and burgundy blooms to appear. This year, with the abundant spring rains and recent sunshine, their display appears more glorious than ever! Looking like tiny Victorian parasols, the flowers add vibrant beauty and interest to our garden in late spring. And because they are evergreen, these shrubs add color to the winter landscape, too!

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife
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Kathleen GannonHi. I just saw your post re: mountain laurel. I've always wanted a mount laurel but assumed it's too hot here in Harrisburg. As it appears you are close and you have one my assumptions are incorrect. Where might I purchase one of my own? My property is both sunny and shade with mature maples and some oak.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Joan BellYour advice is just great. Will call SKH and see it they have or can get some for me. Thank you.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jane DavisMy mountain laurel had a banner year this spring. It's much paler in color than those pictured here though.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Grace Adele SpruiellWhat do you suggest to attract pollinators? Also are there plants that bloom earlier than most so the birdies can have something to nibble on when they return in springtime.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Wendy ZieglerI just had to remove a large tree...and there is a sad vacant spot...in the shade...i literally just thought yesterday about mountain laurel as it is a shady spot.....i am now convinced! Thank you ! The timing on this post is great !2 weeks ago   ·  1
Bill HorstDo you have any sources where I could buy some of these? I would like to plant them throughout the woods on my property in Martic Township.2 weeks ago   ·  2
Judy LongCan they survive transplanting in mid-summer? We need to have a huge tree removed and that will leave the mountain laurel in bright sun. We do have a shady place for it.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Marion WolfeThis brings back memories when I was younger and walked the mountains is Ashland Pa. I love them but no shade here 😞. Thanks Again2 weeks ago   ·  1
Patti Bauer LeeI'm new to PA, my husband has been reclaiming & taming our overgrown yard since we moved in here Sept. We've be pruning & thinning out a lot of ground covers & removing the English ivy that almost killed our oak tree & was embedding itself in the mortar of the house. A lot of work but the gardens are looking so much healthier now. We've removed 2 pine trees that were leaning towards the house & planted a variety of perennials for color. I'd love to get one of those Laurels for my yard. It's beautiful.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Sigi D. KochMy mountains fill with them about now, pink clouds among the dark hemlock forests, nothing better.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Liz HollandGlad to see this. In NY, the deer were decimating our mountain laurel.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Marie ImhoffBeautiful gardens. Beautiful flowers and love the smell of them.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Carolyn MellingerIt is an acid lover. I fed mine acid lover fertilizer only in the spring.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Mary Ann EisenLovely, display of........ Mother Nature's canvas !2 weeks ago   ·  1
Patricia CrewMine is blooming profusely this year, mostly pink, to white.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Cam NguyenI am in love with your gadent..can you so me where i can get mountain laurel???.Thankyou somuch2 weeks ago   ·  1
Justin FredericoMountain laurel is such a lovely flowering bush here in Pa. nice photos.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Patty KlingLisa Dymond were is this how I get there and are they high in price2 weeks ago   ·  1
Gloria VashMy grandmother had white ones on the side of her house. This brings back memories.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Linda KuglerJust beautiful. Would they tolerate a very hot afternoon Sun?2 weeks ago   ·  1
Eugene Cy FritzI have never seen so many varied colors of mountain laurel in on spot. Beautiful.2 weeks ago   ·  1
Bonnie Hackman MartinTravel up to tioga county close to PA grand canyon to see beautiful mountain laurel in bloom right now! In fact Wellsboro celebrates laurel fest this weekend with crafts, food, huge parade, music, store specials and, of course, a Miss Laurel Fest! Huge celebration!2 weeks ago
Kathie IdaMy favorite flower. Have seen lots this year thanks to perfect weather conditions. Unfortunately, my small one was destroyed by a groundhog who has taken up residence in my yard2 weeks ago
Cynthia HebertI have a mountain laurel. I think it is fairly old. I pruned it a few years sgo, and it pretty much quit blooming for a few years. It surprised me and bloomed a lot this year, but the leaves look sickly. Can you recommend something?2 weeks ago   ·  3
Mike GriecoI learned at a young age that it's against Pa law to pick laurel in the wild2 weeks ago   ·  3

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Every Season Can Be Swimming Pool Season!
EVERY SEASON CAN BE SWIMMING POOL SEASON!

Although a Hanselman Landscape-designed pool is a delight to swim in during the warm-weather months, it is our passion to create pools that will bring joy, beauty and tranquility into your lives every season of the year!
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A RETURN TO PARADISE (Part 5)
Address Water Issues

Erosion from water runoff and drought can be linked to poor planning and development, according to James Hanselman, garden designer at Hanselman Landscape. If you have areas in your yard where water pools, it may be necessary to regrade the property, incorporate drainage systems, or add raised pathways, and, in some cases, all of the above.

Clients in Lancaster “wanted to be able to walk around the back of their house but could not seem to get grass to grow in that shady, wet spot,” Hanselman says. “As a result, their walkway was a muddy mess most of the year. We reshaped the earth, installed a hidden drainage system that carries the water downhill and made stepping stones that would raise walkers well above grade. We also selected plants that do well in moist, shady locations.”
(The results are shown below.)

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Gardener's wife
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Cindy CriswellIt looks wonderful! Although I wonder if algae will grow on those stepping stones, making them slippery? We had stepping stones in our wooded backyard that became treacherous with algae.3 weeks ago   ·  4
Linda R H WilsonIs it possible to have a moss garden? We have an irregular backyard with a few boulders that backs up to woods.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Elaine Glickman BerkWish you were closer to 18913!!!!!!! I love seeing your work!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Richard AndersonIncredible very beautiful! It's a wonderful rainbow paradise!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Jerry WalterNice work. Do you do Landscaping in the Lehigh Valley?3 weeks ago   ·  1
Terry SeidelLooks so wonderful. I do hope that somefay we can do our front yard with a retaining wall.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Debra CullenI am a avid Gardner and it just looks so lovely and serene a place to go to meditate3 weeks ago   ·  2
Tina NimitzI wish my backyard looked like that! I could spend hours there.3 weeks ago   ·  1
J Milo BarcelonaAre pine needles a better source for landscaping then peat moss.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Mary Ann EisenThat is just so awesome, inviting, relaxing, serene...... Need I go on?????3 weeks ago   ·  3
Carl ReddingerThis is why I fell in love with landscaping doin it for 8yrs an these are the images I appreciate. Good work3 weeks ago   ·  3
Sharlene PastinoThat looks so peaceful and inviting I just love it I don't no where he could have gotten such beautiful round large Stones it is very very beautiful3 weeks ago   ·  2
Maritza HerediaI wish I had that done in my yard but I don't have the money to do it3 weeks ago   ·  1
Joanne JensenBeautiful--I so need help in my yard with the mud and the dogs running through it all--I can only imagine how much it would cost though!3 weeks ago
Joan BellAs soon as My Ship comes in, I will contract you for a front and back yard makeovers. Well dreaming helps!☺😭3 weeks ago
Sue Gambill LefeverSo, so beautiful and inviting. Do you sell Pine needle mulch?3 weeks ago   ·  1
Anne BrownChad Brown, this would be awesome in the back!!3 weeks ago
June Whalen-GonzalezLooks very nice. I am not permitted to do any of those things as mine is part of a flood plane, and protected by federal wet lands regulations3 weeks ago   ·  1
Sandy RauscherVery nice. do you have 's before picture? what is the brown ground covering?3 weeks ago
Bob SowersGreat job, one tiny recommendation would be to replace white pvc tube with a hollowed out piece of bamboo. Or paint it brown.3 weeks ago   ·  2
Sandy OchsI wish I had landscaping like that looks so beautiful and relaxing3 weeks ago   ·  3
Hector Colón Sr.Great backyard. It looks so inviting and peaceful.3 weeks ago   ·  1
J Milo BarcelonaBeautiful : I wish I had the land to landscape like this.3 weeks ago   ·  2
Richard F HirschbeinBeautiful remodel. This now looks gorgeous. 🏆3 weeks ago   ·  2
Artis WolfingerLooks really awesome, really good ideas!!3 weeks ago   ·  1

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IN LIVING MEMORY

Several days after my beautiful, lively mother stepped into eternity, my husband hung several bird feeders outside our kitchen window: " . . . to bring you joy and remind you of her," he smiled when he came inside. How perceptive his gift! In the almost-18 years that have flown by since her death, I have delighted in the daily menagerie that flutters around the feeder-laden Pines within easy view of my kitchen workspace.

And each year, as our garden grows to provide more shelter, I am the excited observer of new varieties of feathered visitors joining the regulars at the fly-in diner. In recent weeks, we have enjoyed visits from Brown Thrashers, a Rufous-sided Towhee couple, a teeny Brown Creeper, Eastern Phoebes, a Cedar Waxwing and, most unexpectedly, a Baltimore Oriole! The vivacious activity outside my window is a daily reminder--a living memorial--of my lovely, joyous mother.

Perhaps you are grieving the loss of someone dear to your heart. May I encourage you to establish a "live" memorial in their honor--a bird feeder or two, a patch of wildflowers, a graceful tree, a flowering evergreen shrub--close by, so that each day you can enjoy vibrant beauty "in living memory" of your precious loved one?

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
(Gardener's wife and joyful bird watcher)

With gratitude for my mother, Miriam Keener Buhr
(January 13, 1926 ~ October 6, 1999), and mother-in-law, Winifred "Joy" Hayman Hanselman (July 3, 1922 ~ December 10, 1999).
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Rosie Anne LongleyI planted a new flower bed last autumn in memory of a close friend who died, which is bringing joy all through the seasons. Very therapeutic.4 weeks ago   ·  2
Monica McKinnieWhat a lovely idea. And now that I see your maiden name I am wondering are you the Betty Buhr I went to school with at Chefoo? If so, I had not put 2 and 2 together when I friended James!4 weeks ago   ·  1
Robin DintingerA friend sent me a pink rose bush when my mother passed. It's thriving and is a beautiful daily remembrance.2 weeks ago

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One of the wonderful things about gardening is the way it leads people who often don't think of themselves as artistic into creative activity.
~ Noel Kingsbury (British garden writer, researcher, and educator)
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These are the things I prize
And hold of dearest worth:
Light of the sapphire skies,
Peace of the silent hills,
Shelter of the forest, comfort of the grass,
Music of birds, murmur of little rills,
Shadows of clouds that swiftly pass,
And, after showers,
The smell of flowers
And of the good brown earth--
And best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.
~Henry Van Dyke
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BRINGING THE BEAUTY INSIDE

One of the great joys of having a garden is the privilege of being able to bring life and loveliness inside, any time of year.
For example, consider sprinkling pressed autumn leaves across your Thanksgiving table, creating stunning holiday wreaths with evergreen foliage, and, of course, showcasing cut flowers in the warmer months of the year.

Here are a few tips for cutting and preparing flowers for indoor display (shared by Emilie Barnes in her book, Time Began in a Garden):
~Gather flowers when the sun is low.
~Use a scissors or sharp knife and cut at a deep angle to provide as much surface area as possible for soaking up water.
~Place cut flowers into warm water as soon as possible after cutting; their stems begin to dry after just a few minutes. (Consider bringing a bucket of water with you so you can put flowers in water immediately after cutting.)
~Remove any leaves that will be underwater in the vase, as they are likely to decay.
~Add something to the water to provide energy, maintain acidity, and fight bacteria (such as commercial mixes from florists or a solution of one part lemon-lime non-diet soft drink to two parts water).
~Enjoy the walk around the garden as well as the final presentation!

Contributed by Betty Hanselman
Gardener's wife (& devotee of garden loveliness)
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Wanda WikerBeautiful bouquet!2 months ago   ·  1
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Even if she forgets the whole thing in her teens, later still, when she is grown up and has a first garden of her own, some misty memory of the pleasure of growing things will give her a head start over the gardener without any background, just as children who have spoken a second language, and forgotten it, can pick it up again in later years.
~ Anne Scott-James
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