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July 2011

Pennsylvania smartweed

At 3 1/2 ft. tall, Pennsylvania smartweed is common east of the Mississippi and in the central states. From late spring to fall it produces clusters of pale-pink or white flowers at the tips of the stems.

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Slide show: Making arrangements

Whether you’re arranging flowers from your garden or the florist’s shop, there’s a fine line between an arrangement that’s exuberant and one that’s messy. This arranging technique gives the bouquet some structure so it has a lively yet refined look.

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Eastern mole

Moles may look like rodents but they’re actually related to bats and shrews. Eastern moles have a smooth gray coat, tiny eyes, a hairless pointed snout and big flipperlike front legs.

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Canna rollers

There are two different types of canna rollers, but the symptoms and treatments are the same. The adult insects lay eggs on new leaves of a canna plant.

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Artillery fungus

You’ll find this strange-looking fungus growing on mulch, often at the base of shrubs. Artillery fungus forms small yellow “bubbles” that are less than 1?10 in. in diameter.

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