C. L. Fornari's Blog

I Love the Drift Series of Roses

Name:  Drift Roses Type of Plant: Low-growing, disease resistant, and repeat flowering shrub roses from Star Roses and Plants Why I Love This Plant: I love these roses because they fit in well in many landscapes and gardens. Because they are lower-growing than many...

See You In Seattle!

Ellen Zachos and I are pleased to once again be recording a live edition of Plantrama at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle.  We'll be talking about the "Plantrama Top Ten" - Ten great edibles to grow or forage for, ten must-have tools, ten shrubs to know...

Create it, Write it, Plant it, Make it Grow

Words to live by.  
Baked Cauliflower Cutlets

Baked Cauliflower Cutlets

Cauliflower is a versatile veggie that can go in any ethnic direction for flavoring, and can be used to create vegetarian main or side dishes. It...

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Knowing What Plants Do

I got a call yesterday from someone who was puzzled about some shrubs that weren't doing well. She called them "cherry laurels" (Prunus...

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A Well Mannered Violet

A Well Mannered Violet

In past posts I've made it clear that I don't want common violets (Viola odorata) on Poison Ivy Acres. I will periodically spot a flowering plant or...

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Naming A Property

Naming A Property

Martha Stewart's house in Maine is called Skylands, Oprah Winfrey calls her California property Promised Land, and the late Roald Dahl lived in...

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What We Treasure

What We Treasure

When I was going into the 7th grade my family moved from Muncie, Indiana to Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Instead of the one-day drive north, however,...

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Words To Live By

Words To Live By

There are times when we need to speak up, be bold, suggest new approaches and plant differently. It's not always appreciated, welcomed or accepted....

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I Love Gold Mop Cypress

I Love Gold Mop Cypress

Name:  Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop” aka gold mop cypress Type of Plant:  A needled, thread-leaf evergreen…or shall we say ever yellow-green....

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