C. L. Fornari's Blog

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 Sweet Potato Vine, Ipomoea batatas

I Love Sweet Potato Vine, Ipomoea batatas

Name:  Ipomoea batatas, aka sweet potato vine Type of Plant:   In the northeast region this plant is an annual.  There are varieties available with lime green or purple to black leaves. Some grow long and others stay...

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Cold Garden Veggie Soup

Cold Garden Veggie Soup

When your garden is producing and the weather is hot, you have the perfect ingredients for a cold summer soup. This recipe can be varied according...

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Gardener Vs. Chipmunk

Gardener Vs. Chipmunk

I grow several annual poppies that self-seed around the garden. Since I want them to return each year, I leave the pods in place so that the seeds...

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Gardens On Tour

Gardens On Tour

On Friday the second annual Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival opens. This year there are over 80 gardens on tour Cape Wide, for the benefit of local...

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Grace and the Unexpected

Grace and the Unexpected

Last week I returned home after being with my mother at the end of her life. It was, of course, a time of great sadness and reflection. Once home,...

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In Praise of Alliums

In Praise of Alliums

Last May I had the pleasure of being in P. Allen Smith's gardens at Moss Mountain. (Bucket list advice: attend a workshop or go on one of his open...

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Early June In Bloom

Early June In Bloom

Here are the plants that are catching my eye at Poison Ivy Acres the first week of June.           In June a garden...

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