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I Love Veronica spicata Royal Candles aka Royal Candles speedwell

Name: Veronica spicata Royal Candles aka Royal Candles speedwell Type of Plant: A perennial that’s hardy in zones 4 to 8, that flowers in early summer and beyond if deadheaded. Why I Love/Hate this plant:  I have to confess that Royal Candles has given me an entirely...

Why Doesn’t My Blue Hydrangea Bloom ~ A GardenLady Graphic

I've written many a blog and social media post about why blue hydrangeas don't flower. You can read one of them here. But I've always had it in mind to put this in a graphic form, and today was the day!  You can get a printable pdf of this graphic by clicking here. 

I love Paeonia lactiflora, the garden peony

Name: Paeonia lactiflora aka the garden peony Type of Plant: A low-maintenance, early summer flowering perennial plant that does best in zones 4 through 7, but can live in a zone 3 or the cooler parts of zone 8. Why I Love/Hate this plant: This plant has many fine...
I Love Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’

I Love Narcissus ‘Tête-à-tête’

Name: Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête’ aka tete-a-tete miniature daffodils Type of Plant: This early flowering spring bulb is a mini-daffodil that is commonly sold in pots at garden centers in the early spring. Why I Love/Hate...

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Outside In Late October

Outside In Late October

Halloween is within sight but your mind isn't on costumes or trick-or-treat candy. You're savoring one of the last evenings on your deck,...

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How To Plant Garlic

How To Plant Garlic

We planted our garlic today. This is something that is done in the fall and we usually put ours in the ground in October. If you're new to growing...

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom

It is fitting that I spent the morning repotting houseplants. It is my mother's birthday today. Had she not died recently, she would have been 90...

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October Garden Orzo Salad

October Garden Orzo Salad

Even as the gardening season moves toward a killing frost there can be a bounty of vegetables to harvest. Today I went into the garden to ask...

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Crispy Sweet Potato Cake

Crispy Sweet Potato Cake

AKA: What to do with leftover sweet potatoes or yams. I had some garnet yams left over last week, so I decided to make them into cakes. These were...

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I Love Bloomerang Lilac

I Love Bloomerang Lilac

Name: Syringa x 'Penda' aka Bloomerang® Purple Lilac Type of Plant: A re-blooming lilac shrub, hardy in Zones 3-7 Why I love this: There are many...

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Fall Garden Pizza

Fall Garden Pizza

It is late September and I'm still harvesting the freshest, most tasty food on earth. But at this time of year there is less of it. A small summer...

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Open Garden on Wednesday

Open Garden on Wednesday

Tomorrow, September 28th, my gardens will be open for the benefit of the Barnstable Education Foundation. It's a chance for me to share what we've...

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I Love Cucurbita

I Love Cucurbita

 Name: Cucurbita Type of Plant: Pumpkins and winter squash. Usually a large growing annual vegetable vine. Why I love this: Cucurbita is a genus of...

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