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County Extension

  • Camellia sasanqua performs well in cool weather

    By Susan Brown
    County Extension Agent

    The cooler weather and shorter days cause many plants to go dormant. One plant that is gearing up to perform is the wonderful camellia sasanqua. Like magnolias, they are a Southern favorite. Sasanquas are evergreen and the foliage alone makes this plant a gem in the garden.

  • Cool weather weed invasion

    As the temperatures cool into the 30s at night and the days hover in the 60s, we know  winter isn’t too far away. Our winters aren’t usually too bad, but these cooler temperatures set the stage for cool weather weeds like wild garlic and annual bluegrass to fill in weak spots in the lawn.

  • Winter is on its way; think about your garden

    By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    The days are starting to get shorter and the temperatures are getting cooler. This means one thing: winter is on its way. Trees are starting to shed their leaves and perennials are starting to look a little ragged, so it is time to think about winterizing your garden. 

  • County extension events

    Osteoporosis program

    Anyone who knows someone who has broken a bone due to osteoporosis knows the pain and potential disability caused by this disease. Characterized by fragile bones, osteoporosis is a major public health problem. It is estimated one in every two women will suffer from osteoporosis in her lifetime. Osteoporosis is not just a woman’s disease; one in every four men will also have an osteoporosis-related fracture.

  • Now is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs

    It is time for planting spring-flowering bulbs. Following are some tips on more effectively utilizing bulbs:

    Color Blocking

  • More re-blooming azalea varieties

    We have discussed at length all 24 varieties of Encore Azalea that were developed by Mr. Buddy Lee and marketed by Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama. We all have our favorites but, whichever one you choose, this is one of the great plant marketing success stories of all time.

  • River Run Plantation to have community rain garden planting event

    Community volunteers will join the North Carolina Coastal Federation for a rain garden planting event at River Run Plantation subdivision from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 3. Residents and other volunteers will install native plants, trees and shrubs in four newly constructed rain gardens at the community boat ramp adjacent to the Lockwood Folly River. 

  • November is the right time to plant spring-flowering bulbs

    By Carol Weaver

    Master Gardener

    November is a good time to plant spring-flowering bulbs. Spring and early summer flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall to develop strong root systems and to satisfy the cold requirements of the bulbs. 

  • Brown joins Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office

    SUSAN BROWN
    Extension HORTICULTURE AGENT

    My name is Susan Brown and I am the newest addition to the Brunswick County Extension Office. My specialty is horticulture. I am really excited about getting to know the people of Brunswick County. 

  • Improve the garden with interesting, colorful bulbs

    Hopefully, the tough economic times haven’t pushed you to the brink like George Bailey contemplating the plunge into the icy water in the classic 1946 movie. Times are pretty bad, but just as George comes to understand, we do have a wonderful life here in southeastern North Carolina. 

    While I’m certainly not trying for my wings as your guardian angel, I do have some suggestions for simple, low-cost things you can do in the garden that won’t require signing your life away at the building and loan.