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How to protect roses from deer browsing
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Fairfield, CT
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Norwalk, CT
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Trumbull, CT
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Wilton, CT
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Darien, CT
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Milford, CT
Is it illegal to pick the state flower (Mountain laurel) in Connecticut?
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Milford, CT
Identity of red raspberry-like berries in Connecticut
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Milford, CT
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Stamford, CT
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Ridgefield, CT
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Ridgefield, CT
Identification of spiky red berry in Connecticut
I found an odd berry outside of my school, none of the science teachers know what it is though. It kind of looks like a spiked cherry. It has spikes on the outside, a pit on the insde, and has pinkish...
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Orange, CT
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Pound Ridge, NY
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