Gardener Vs. Chipmunk

Gardener Vs. Chipmunk

I grow several annual poppies that self-seed around the garden. Since I want them to return each year, I leave the pods in place so that the seeds...

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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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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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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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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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