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  • Butterfly bush is magnet for pollinators

    Vic Panichkul|May 30, 2024

    Saying that the Butterfly bush (Buddleia) is a magnet for pollinators is an understatement. It’s no wonder that The National Garden Bureau has declared 2024 the year of the Buddleia. In Oregon, Buddleia davidii was taken off the market in 2008 because of its invasive nature, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture has approved varieties for sale in Oregon that are seedless. The seedless forms have common names like Summer Lilac, Nectar Bush, Seedless Buddleia, or Seedless Butterfly Bush, accord...

  • Good gardening tools are worth the investment

    Vic Panichkul, OSU Extension|Mar 14, 2024

    When it comes to picking gardening tools, there’s one rule that rises to the top. “You pay for what you get,” said Cindy Jeffers, manager of Landsystems Nursery in Bend. “There are a lot of tools out there that are inexpensive, but you get what you pay for when you buy quality tools,” she said. “Shop for quality rather than quantity,” said OSU Master Gardener Priscilla Robinson, who presented at a recent seminar. “Metal parts should be made of hardened steel or aluminum. These materials stay...