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I Love Veronica spicata Royal Candles aka Royal Candles speedwell

Name: Veronica spicata Royal Candles aka Royal Candles speedwell Type of Plant: A perennial that’s hardy in zones 4 to 8, that flowers in early summer and beyond if deadheaded. Why I Love/Hate this plant:  I have to confess that Royal Candles has given me an entirely...

Why Doesn’t My Blue Hydrangea Bloom ~ A GardenLady Graphic

I've written many a blog and social media post about why blue hydrangeas don't flower. You can read one of them here. But I've always had it in mind to put this in a graphic form, and today was the day!  You can get a printable pdf of this graphic by clicking here. 

I love Paeonia lactiflora, the garden peony

Name: Paeonia lactiflora aka the garden peony Type of Plant: A low-maintenance, early summer flowering perennial plant that does best in zones 4 through 7, but can live in a zone 3 or the cooler parts of zone 8. Why I Love/Hate this plant: This plant has many fine...
I Love Mecardonia GoldDust

I Love Mecardonia GoldDust

Name:  Mecardonia GoldDust Type of Plant:    An annual from Proven Winners that is heat tolerant, long-flowering, and totally low-maintenance. This...

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Preserving Home Grown Garlic

Preserving Home Grown Garlic

In this area the garlic is commonly pulled from the garden in early July. We bundle ours up and hang it in our shed for two to three weeks to cure,...

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I Love Diervilla

I Love Diervilla

Name:   Diervilla lonicera and Diervilla splendens cultivars with dark foliage. Type of Plant:   Native shrub that’s hardy to zone 3, grows well in...

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