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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...
I Love Lespedeza thunbergii

I Love Lespedeza thunbergii

Name:  Lespedeza thunbergii including varieties such as 'Gibraltar' Type of Plant:  Often called a bush clover, this is a shrub in warmer climates and a herbaceous perennial in colder climates such as my warm zone 6 on...

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Weeding Meditation

Weeding Meditation

One of the questions I frequently get on the radio goes something like this: "How do I get rid of the weeds that are in the cracks of my patio?" The...

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Vegetable Garden in Late June

Vegetable Garden in Late June

We are finally at the time of year when I can walk into the garden and ask, "What's for dinner?" Lettuce, peas, broccoli rabe, and heads of broccoli...

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