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I Love Chamaecyparis Obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’  aka Dwarf Hinoki Falsecypress

Name:   Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’  aka dwarf Hinoki falsecypress Type of Plant:  A slow growing evergreen, hardy in Zone 4 to 8, with dark green fans of foliage. Why I Love This Plant: There are SO many things to love about this plant. First of all, the...

Cucurbita moschata aka Waltham Butternut Squash

Name:  Cucurbita moschata  aka Waltham butternut squash. Type of Plant:  A winter squash that has, since it’s development in the 1940’s, has become the gold standard for this type of vegetable. This squash contains Vitamin C, B6, Magnesium and Potassium, plus even a...

Red Carpet Roundup: The 2021 Fall Ball

Reporting from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, here is your insider look at some of the plants that walked the red carpet at the 2021 Fall Ball.  Climbing Hydrangea won The People's Choice award for her sophisticated, clinging gown that offered just a few peaks of her...
My Panicle Hydrangeas on Sept 4th

My Panicle Hydrangeas on Sept 4th

Panicle Hydrangeas In Early September. On September 4th I took a tour of Poison Ivy Acres, photographing every panicle hydrangea that was in flower for this post. What is a panicle hydrangea? These are shrubs that are...

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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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