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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...
The Summer Weeds are Back!

The Summer Weeds are Back!

At the end of June, gardeners might assume that once the vegetables and annuals are planted, they can sit back and relax. After all, you pulled those spring weeds like the bittercress and the chickweed, so the gardens...

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A Well Mannered Violet

A Well Mannered Violet

In past posts I've made it clear that I don't want common violets (Viola odorata) on Poison Ivy Acres. I will periodically spot a flowering plant or...

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Naming A Property

Naming A Property

Martha Stewart's house in Maine is called Skylands, Oprah Winfrey calls her California property Promised Land, and the late Roald Dahl lived in...

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What We Treasure

What We Treasure

When I was going into the 7th grade my family moved from Muncie, Indiana to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Instead of the one-day drive north, however,...

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Words To Live By

Words To Live By

There are times when we need to speak up, be bold, suggest new approaches and plant differently. It's not always appreciated, welcomed or accepted....

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I Love Gold Mop Cypress

I Love Gold Mop Cypress

Name:  Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop” aka gold mop cypress Type of Plant:  A needled, thread-leaf evergreen…or shall we say ever yellow-green....

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How Books Grow

How Books Grow

Many who follow this blog are also people who value books about gardening and beyond. First and foremost, this blog post is a thank you note. Garden...

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