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I Love Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’ aka Variegated Jumpseed

Name: Persicaria virginiana 'Variegata' aka variegated jumpseed Type of Plant: A herbaceous perennial (meaning it dies to the ground over the winter) that grows to 3 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8. Why I Love This Plant:  Fresh white and green leaves...

I Love Plectranthus barbatus White Rhino

Name: Plectranthus barbatus White Rhino Type of Plant:  An annual valued for foliage color in sun or shade. This plant grows between 3 and 4 feet tall in one summer. It will be shorter in smaller containers and taller in the ground or larger pots. Why I Love This...

I Love Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’ 

Name:  Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’  aka Liriope ‘Peedee Gold Ingot,’  Peedee Gold, and golden lilyturf Type of Plant:  Perennial plant for full to part-sun. Grows 8 to 10 inches high and wide, hardy in zones 6-10 Why I Love This Plant: Every garden benefits from...
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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