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Leaves of three and leaves of five, side by side in an overgrown flower bed. Picture by Gene Fox

Is This Poison Ivy?

When spring weather comes around like we had over the past week, I want to be outside. I have …

Camellia sasanqua showing Camellia Leaf Gall (Exobasidium camellia). Remove the infected leaves and put them in the trash. PIcture taken by Gene Fox

What Is Wrong With My Camellia?

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I receive several calls a season about green moss or fungus growing on trees. What is this stuff? Moss …

The picture was taken by Certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, Rena Edwards, the azaleas are in front of her home.

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Is It Spring Yet?

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Molasses or Malarkey?

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