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June 23, 2011

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There was a time when I had hours to devote to my gardens. I fought the pesky bugs, creepy pests, and cheeky squirrels (little buggers brave enough to steal my tulip bulbs while I was planting!).

I pruned, fertilized, and watered my plants regularly, and they rewarded me with spectacular color and growth.

Neighbors would often stop by to ask what a certain plant was in order to go to the local nursery and pick one up for their own yard.

Since my son was born 2 years ago, my gardens have not received much attention at all. And this is how they’ve repaid me.

Weigela

Roses

Rhododendron

Azalea

I should have known that Mother Nature would take care of things while I was away.

Upload your photos here and show us how your gardens are doing this season.

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Sarah, our Senior Associate Editor, joined The Old Farmer's Almanac in 2003. If not outside with her husband and son enjoying a kayak trip down the Saco River or skiing in the White Mountains, you'll find her baking sweet treats in the kitchen.

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weigela

By Sarah Perreault

The weigela is one of my favorite features in our yard. Very easy to care for. I feed it around mid-May and again in late July and cut it back in the fall.

I have a beautiful red

By gwen roberts

I have a beautiful red wwigela. Is it possible to start another bush from it and how. thank you

You will have to wait until

By Almanac Staff

You will have to wait until the spring, but yes, it is possible. Water well the night previous to when you plan to take the cuttings from your weigela. Cut a 4 to 6-inch branch from the plant and remove the lower leaves. Dip the stem in rooting hormone and then put it into a pot filled with a 50/50 mix of perlite and peat moss or perlite and soilless potting mix. Keep the cutting moist and warm. You can actually water it more than once a day. After several weeks, new leaf buds should emerge. Two weeks after you notice new growth, transfer to a bigger pot. When it looks healthy enough, transplant into the soil where you want it to live.
We recommend taking more than one cutting to ensure yourself a new weigela. Put each cutting into its own pot.

Great pics!

By Catherine Boeckmann

Enjoyed these flower pictures. I live part-way up a mountain and my rhododendrum are just starting to bloom! I'm not familiar with Weigela -- easy to grow?

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