C. L. Fornari's Blog

I Love Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ aka golden leaf bleeding heart

Name:  Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ aka golden leaf bleeding heart Type of Plant:  A perennial for part shade that’s hardy in zones 3-9. Why I Love/Hate this plant: The golden foliage is brilliant in the spring, and the string of hanging, heart-shaped flowers are...

I Love Maianthemum canadense aka Canada mayflower or wild lily-of-the-valley

Name: Maianthemum canadense aka Canada mayflower or wild lily-of-the-valley Type of Plant: A low-growing forest floor plant that is native to the Northeastern United States and Canada. Don’t confuse this with the plant that we in Massachusetts also call mayflower,...

I Love Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ aka Ogon spirea.

Name:  Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ aka Ogon spirea. Type of Plant:  This is a shrub that has several valuable traits. It stays under 5 feet tall, flowers for several weeks in the spring, and has thin, golden to lime-green leaves all summer. Hardy in Zones 4-8 Why I...
Plant A Tabletop Spring Garden

Plant A Tabletop Spring Garden

Let's face it. Often spring is a tease. "I'm here! I'm gone! I'm back...wait, not yet!" We are bounced from 60° days to 15° nights in a blink of an eye, so we must savor the outdoors when we can, and provide our own...

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Homemade Rabbit Repellent

Homemade Rabbit Repellent

This is a repellent to spray on plants to keep rabbits from eating them. It is only for ornamental plants, not for edibles. (Do not use this on your...

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I Love Garden Rhubarb

I Love Garden Rhubarb

Imagine: She wanted to serve a special meal to celebrate the spring season. Fresh asparagus, of course, and a salad of spring greens accented with...

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In Praise of Chopped Salad

In Praise of Chopped Salad

I love a chopped salad. There are any number of ingredients you can use to create a side dish or a main meal. And with a few staples in the freezer,...

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Chard: Many Reasons to Love

Chard: Many Reasons to Love

Imagine:  “Spinach doesn’t grow well for me,” he said. “No matter,” she responded, “there’s a better vegetable we can grow." “Yes?” he asked,...

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DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers

I had a conversation with someone today who needed options for a DIY wedding. I told her about my book on the topic of garden weddings, of course,...

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I Love California Poppies

I Love California Poppies

Imagine: She said, “The gravel driveway and path are fine, but couldn’t there be something green and growing here? Why can’t there also be flowers?”...

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