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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 the Peace Lily aka Spathiphyllum

I Love the Peace Lily aka Spathiphyllum

 Name: Peace Lily aka Spathiphyllum species and varieties   Type of Plant: This is a tropical, broad leaf evergreen that is a very commonly sold houseplant. Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love the peace lily because it...

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I Love Iris Reticulata

I Love Iris Reticulata

Name:  Iris reticulata Type of Plant:  This is one of the first spring bulbs to bloom, often in flower at the same time as crocus but just before...

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Like A New Box of Crayons

Like A New Box of Crayons

Every spring as I contemplate what will be planted in Annual Alley this season, it's like getting a new box of crayons. Which colors to use? Should...

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The Tallest Poppy

The Tallest Poppy

I am a fan of John Sandford's novels, and am currently reading Rough Country (A Virgil Flowers Novel) . In this book Weather Davenport says, "Well,...

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Roasted Roots

Roasted Roots

I love roasted veggies, and this particular combination is easy, versatile and satisfying. Serve this plain as a side dish, or toss with tofu or...

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Oatmeal Walnut Blueberry Bars

Oatmeal Walnut Blueberry Bars

When Awesome Bars stopped making their apricot walnut bar I was heartbroken. So I decided to do an oatmeal/walnut bar of my own. I used blueberries...

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Hearts-a-Bustin’

Hearts-a-Bustin’

There's a plant for every holiday, and for Valentine's Day I'm especially fond of Euonymus americanus. With a common name like hearts-a-bustin',...

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