Friday, April 18, 2014
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Michael Martin Mills

Michael Mills gardens in Northwest Philadelphia, concentrating on ornamentals and shade planting. He is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, is involved with exhibits at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, and regularly contributes plants to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's plant dividend program for members.

His column appears Fridays in Home & Design, alternating between questions-and-answers and "It's time to . . . ," a compendium of what garden tasks are appropriate for the season.

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Enjoy the lower-key nature of high-summer garden maintenance. It's too hot to be planting or transplanting.
Question: What can I expect from my daffodils come spring? With the recent warm spell we have had here in the Philadelphia area, some of the daffodils were up about four to five inches, and some even started to show buds.