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I Love Allium hybrid ‘Serendipity’

Name:    Allium hybrid ‘Serendipity’ Type of Plant:   A mid-summer flowering perennial plant hardy in zones 4 – 8. Why I Love/Hate this plant:    I love this perennial for so many reasons. First, it’s attractive both before and after it flowers, which is important in...

I Love Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ aka Royal Purple Smoke Bush

Name:   Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ aka Royal Purple Smoke Bush Type of Plant:  A large bush or small tree…but accept that it’s going to get big! Hardy in Zones 4-8, and best grown in full sun. This plant can easily grow to 15 feet tall and nearly that wide. Why...

I Love Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop’

 Name:   Weston’s Lemon Drop Azalea aka Rhododendron 'Weston's Lemon Drop' Type of Plant:  A July-flowering, deciduous azalea with fragrant yellow flowers. Hardy in zones 4 to 8.  A cultivar of our native swamp azalea. Why I Love/Hate this plant:  First of all, it’s...
I Love the Weeping Alaska Cedar

I Love the Weeping Alaska Cedar

Name: Weeping Alaska Cedar, aka Xanthocyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’, formerly known as Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ (and oh my goodness there's another genus name in the works. For now, I'm sticking with these...

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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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