I Love Euphorbia Diamond Mountain

I Love Euphorbia Diamond Mountain

Imagine: She wondered why all the plants in the garden center seemed to be getting shorter every year. Annuals that used to grow three or four feet tall were now only available in varieties that were under one foot. Dwarfs. Everywhere. Even Diamond Frost was shrunk...
Basil Dying? Downy Mildew? You Need Amazel

Basil Dying? Downy Mildew? You Need Amazel

Imagine: “The basil has turned yellow again,” he said. “I know,” she answered, “I asked about it at the garden center and they told me it’s a disease called Basil Downy Mildew.” “Bummer,” he said. “What can we do?” “This year, nothing…except make what’s still good...
I Love Phlox ‘Jeana’

I Love Phlox ‘Jeana’

Name: Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’ aka phlox Jeana Type of Plant: A perennial that grows about four feet tall and has pink flowers from mid-August into September. Why I Love/Hate this plant: This phlox has several aspects to love…first of all, it flowers later in the...
I Love Nicotiana

I Love Nicotiana

Name: Nicotiana hybrids and species. AKA flowering tobacco. Type of Plant: An annual plant that self-seeds when it’s happy. Tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and some moths. This is an annual plant for full sun. Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love this plant because...
I Love This Weed, I Hate This Weed

I Love This Weed, I Hate This Weed

Imagine: “Where did this weed come from?” she asked. “It’s everywhere!” “It’s the wild portulaca, also called purslane,” he said. “It’s one of the weeds that takes off in mid-summer when it gets hot.” “At least it’s easy to pull,” she grumbled, tossing a plant into...
What to do With Too Many Zucchini – Make Concha!

What to do With Too Many Zucchini – Make Concha!

The  summer my husband and I moved to New York my in-laws introduced me to several delicious Italian dishes. They would arrive at our house bearing fresh mozzarella, a cold squid salad seasoned with lemon and fresh basil, and a zucchini dish that my mother-in-law...
A Dramatic Shrub for Shade

A Dramatic Shrub for Shade

Imagine: Sometimes we can get into a rut when it comes to shade plants. Hosta and ferns, hosta and ferns. Yet there are many plants that we overlook because they aren’t used as frequently. Enter the bottlebrush buckeye… Name: Aesculus parviflora aka blottlebrush...
Growing Bells of Ireland

Growing Bells of Ireland

Imagine: I walked into Soares Flower Garden Nursery a couple of years ago, and stopped in my tracks. There they were, six packs of bells of Ireland plants, clearly started by my friend Marcia Chapman and the staff at Soares. It’s not an annual that’s available at most...
Do You Speak, Blog, Write About, or Photograph Gardens?

Do You Speak, Blog, Write About, or Photograph Gardens?

If so, thank you. In the day and age when people feel increasingly out of touch with the natural world, you do important work. In these times when people truly need to be fed, healed, and cheered by plants, you are doing important work. And in the age where a great...
A Green Flower For Cutting

A Green Flower For Cutting

Name: Alchemilla mollis aka lady’s mantle Type of Plant: A low growing perennial with lime green flowers in May, June and early July. Why I Love this plant: This plant grows in full sun to part shade, is weed smothering and has flowers that are perfect for bouquets....
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