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I Love Narcissus poeticus aka Poets Narcissus

Name: Narcissus poeticus aka poets narcissus Type of Plant: This hardy, white narcissus aka daffodil is a bulb that gets planted in October on Cape Cod and will return from year to year every spring. Why I Love This Plant: How many ways can you love a narcissus? It...

I Love Parrot Tulips

Name: Parrot Tulips  Type of Plant: Tulips with ruffled petals and often, multicolored flowers. Why I Love This Plant: These tulips have large, colorful and interesting blooms. The first mention of these was in the 17th century. No one knows for sure why they became...

Garden Vegetable Pasta

One of the favorite dishes in my house is a pasta made with fresh vegetables from the garden. In this version, The basics of what we call "Summer Linguine" is olive oil, garlic (fresh or roasted), olive oil, chopped herbs, raw tomatoes and whatever else the garden...
I Love Tropical Hibiscus

I Love Tropical Hibiscus

Name:  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis aka tropical hibiscus Type of Plant:  This is a shrub in warmer climates, but a tropical container plant for those of...

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Planting Bare Root Peonies

Planting Bare Root Peonies

When I spoke at the Boston Flower Show recently I stopped by the Peony's Envy booth. I'd chatted with Kathleen Gagan on The Garden Lady earlier in...

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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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