I Love Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

I Love Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

Name:  Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ aka the pink kousa dogwood. Type of Plant:  Kousa dogwoods are lovely small trees that are hardy in Zones 5-8. Most have ivory flowers, and are attractive trees, but ‘Satomi’ has pink flowers that have darker edges and lighter centers. Why...
Local Flowers, Businesses, Gardens and Beyond…

Local Flowers, Businesses, Gardens and Beyond…

As many of you know, I’m a huge supporter of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.  Ten days of private gardens that are open to the public, and the entry fee for each garden ($5.00) goes to directly to a local non-profit. And if that weren’t enough, it’s...
Colors For The Evening Garden

Colors For The Evening Garden

Do you have a garden that is hit by the rays of the sun in early morning or at sunset? Do you have (or want) a firepit? If so, pay attention to the colors of flowers and foliage that you place in this part of your landscape. You can create a brilliant breakfast garden...
I Love Tropical Hibiscus

I Love Tropical Hibiscus

Name:  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis aka tropical hibiscus Type of Plant:  This is a shrub in warmer climates, but a tropical container plant for those of us who live in colder areas. Why I love this: Huge SHOWY flowers that the bees love and people enjoy even more. When I...
Horticultural Hotline: Money DOES Grow on Trees!

Horticultural Hotline: Money DOES Grow on Trees!

In a news conference today three of the countries largest growers of ornamental plants jointly announced the release of a new species and cultivar of Magnolia. Bailey Nurseries, Ball Ornamentals and Monrovia are pleased to reveal the results of several years of...
What To Do With Leftover Spiral Ham

What To Do With Leftover Spiral Ham

Did you have a spiral ham for Easter? As good as this is, ham is a rich, salty meat and a little goes a long way. Here’s a recipe for making ham salad with leftover Easter ham. Note that I like a ham salad that has a bit more crunch in terms of veggies or fruit,...
Planting Bare Root Peonies

Planting Bare Root Peonies

When I spoke at the Boston Flower Show recently I stopped by the Peony’s Envy booth. I’d chatted with Kathleen Gagan on The Garden Lady earlier in the day when I broadcasted live from the show, and she was telling my listeners about the many varieties of...
I Love Lenten Rose Hellebores

I Love Lenten Rose Hellebores

Name:  Helleborus orientalis aka Lenten rose hellebore. Type of Plant:  This is a perennial that is evergreen and grows best in part shade to full shade. They often form seeds and spread, and can naturalize where they are happy. Why I love this: These perennials...
Fresh, Fast, Vegan and Delicious

Fresh, Fast, Vegan and Delicious

You want to eat a healthy, vegetable based diet but there are some days when you also need your meal to be easy and fast…while remaining fresh. Let me suggest this veggie bowl: delicious, low-calorie, and very quick to prepare. There are many ways you can vary the...
Early Spring Garden Helps

Early Spring Garden Helps

Some of my callers to The Garden Lady have asked, “What should I be doing this early in the spring?” When the season is just beginning it’s invigorating to be outside in the yard and garden, so I applaud their desire to know what they can do, and...
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