C. L. Fornari's Blog

I Love Calendula Officinalis aka Pot Marigold

 Name: Calendula officinalis aka pot marigold Type of Plant: Annual plant that has edible flowers, commonly growing 1 to 2 feet tall. This is not like the true marigold, which is in the genus Tagetes, although both plants are in the sunflower family, Asteraceae. Why I...

Still Loving Capsicum baccatum Mad Hatter F1 hybrid pepper

Name: Capsicum baccatum Mad Hatter F1 hybrid pepper Type of Plant: A vigorous pepper plant that grows well in northern areas and bears lots of peppers in the late summer and fall. Mostly sweet peppers, although an occasional fruit with mild heat is possible.     Why I...

I Love Fagus grandifolia aka American beech

Name: Fagus grandifolia aka American beech Type of Plant:  A large tree that’s native to Eastern North America, with shiny dark green leaves in summer and beautiful yellow/orange/rust fall color. Why I Love This Plant:  At this time of year this tree catches my eye...
Clam Baskets In The Garden

Clam Baskets In The Garden

I originally published some of these decorated clam basket photos on my former blog at CoffeeForRoses.com. I thought to revisit this today when I used some of the baskets I embellished long ago to protect my young...

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I Love Rudbeckia triloba

I Love Rudbeckia triloba

Name:  Rudbeckia triloba Type of Plant: A tall, biennial, or short-lived perennial black-eyed Susan with small, cheerful flowers. This plant may...

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Mixed Greens Pesto Pizza

Mixed Greens Pesto Pizza

In the summer vegetable season there are so many possibilities when you go into garden and ask, "What's for dinner?" One of my favorites is to make...

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What is Deadheading?

What is Deadheading?

How do I deadhead my plants? And why? I discussed deadheading last week on The Garden Lady and later in the program a caller remarked that it was...

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Nasturtium Martini

Nasturtium Martini

Looking for a beverage that celebrates the summer garden? (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic.) Have I got a drink for you! Ingredients - Alcoholic  12...

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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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