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I Love Gladiolus aka gladiola

Name: Gladiolus aka gladiola Type of Plant:  Flowering stalk that grows from a corm. Grown as an annual in colder climates but may winter-over in Zone 7-10.    Why I Love This Plant: When these flowers come into bloom it’s like having stems of orchids growing in your...

I Love Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden Arrow’

Name: Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden Arrow’ Type of Plant:  Perennial hardy in zones 4-7, compact in height and about as tall as it is wide. (20” in my garden) Why I Love This Plant: As I often tell my design clients, you should plant for foliage color and texture...

July Perennial Garden Tweaks & Touchups

If you've got mid-summer flowering perennials in your garden, chances are the flowerbed is looking pretty nice right now. The daylilies and Echinacea are in full bloom, and the cat mint (Nepeta) is still good enough. Yet at this point in the summer, I always get into...
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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Browning Allium Foliage

Browning Allium Foliage

As perennial plant gardeners, one of the things we learn over time is how each plant behaves. There are perennials that look great before and after...

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Wild Rice Kale Cakes

Wild Rice Kale Cakes

I had two cups of leftover wild rice last week, and in using it up I created some cakes that I will be sure to make again. In fact, I realized that...

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Early Blight on Tomatoes

Early Blight on Tomatoes

I've often compared the garden to a party. We are blessed when we're not depending on our landscape to provide all of our winter food, so why not...

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Is This Poison Ivy

Is This Poison Ivy

We're all familiar with the saying, "Leaves of three, let it be." But the reality is that there are many plants with sets of three leaves that we...

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