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I Love Aster novi-belgii ‘Wood’s Blue’ aka Wood’s Blue aster.

Name:  Aster novi-belgii 'Wood's Blue' aka Wood’s Blue aster. Type of Plant:  A short, perennial New York aster in the “Wood’s series” that is hardy in zones 4 – 8. Why I Love This Plant: One of the best reasons to grow perennials is that you have a kaleidoscope of...

I Love Betula nigra ‘Cully’ ~ Heritage river birch

Name:  Betula nigra ‘Cully’ aka Heritage river birch Type of Plant:  A vigorous, fast growing tall tree with beautiful bark. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Why I Love This Plant: The bark! The bark! The peeling bark! I also love that this is an adaptable tree that is tall and...

I Love Bracteantha bracteatum Granvia Gold Strawflower

Name:  Bracteantha bracteatum Granvia Gold Type of Plant: An annual strawflower for full sun. Perfect in containers or in the ground. Why I Love/Hate this plant: Where to start with this cheerful annual? First of all, it’s quite vigorous. I knew this right away this...
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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