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Fall beauties: Ginkgo, sugar maple, yellowwood and aster
Puzzling over zucchini-less year
Preventing damage from wintry hazards
Bring houseplants back inside, leave pests outdoors
Fall clematis: Endearing, rampant and very clippable
Clip now to best the iris borer
In my garden: Tips, grins, grow-ans
Prune some woodies, wait on others
Hands-on workshop in time for late fall pruning season
California rants, "Michigan palm"
Above: It's a warm, blue-sky fall weekend. What a great time to be out in the garden! It's just icing on the cake that fall color is developing all around. This ginkgo tree (left) is one of the species that turns color overnight. Some people love not only its color but the fact that all of its leaves then fall off in a rush -- that means raking up can be done in just one episode. Other people mourn that trait, since quick leaf fall also means the color won't last weeks as it does on gradually shedding species like sugar maple (right).
Above: Heavy snow can turn this cedar (Thuja occidentalis, also called an arborvitae) from an upright pyramid (left) into a fanned heap (center). Believe it or not, the one pictured here did regroup to regain its former verticality. If you can't handle the snow-splayed interim period or the suspense of wondering whether your plant will rebound, try a preventive technique such as spiral tying (right).