April: National Garden Month

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April: National Garden Month It would seem wrong not to post about National Garden Month on a blog devoted to cooking and gardening. Truth is, despite how much I love gardening, I just learned that April is  “National Garden Month” a little while ago. However, I can […]

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Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thumbergia)

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Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thumbergia)   A couple of summer ago I came across Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thumbergia) for the first time. I was instantly attracted to the colorful plant. It had such a tropical feel that I found irresistible. It quickly became one […]

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Deer Resistant Plants

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Deer Resistant Plants: Many people report that deer wreak havoc in their gardens. Last year, I was pretty lucky in this regard. However, the previous year I experienced a similar fate. In this post, I will be highlighting some great deer resistant plants. Two years ago the hostas that […]

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Hydrangeas: Determining Type

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Hydrangeas: Determining Type Have you ever wondered how to take care of your hydrangeas, and ensure that you have beautiful blooms the following year? This summer when some of my hydrangeas had no flowers, I found myself wondering this very thing. Why did some have flowers, and […]

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Spring Flowers: Daffodils

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Spring Flowers: Daffodils “She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young Identification Daffodils are a member of the Narcissus family and are said to represent friendship and […]

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Snow Drop Flowers (Galanthus)

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Snow Drop Flowers (Galanthus) Symbolism and Name Origins Snow drop flowers (Galanthus) are a late winter/early spring flower thought to symbolize purity, hope, rebirth and sympathy. The name in Greek means “milk white flower” and in Latin means “resembling snow.” For more information, check out […]

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Pincushion (Scabiosa) Flower

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Pincushion (Scabiosa) Flower Origins of the Name It is pretty easy to figure out where this plant received the name Pincushion Flower. But, where did the name Scabiosa come from? According to the link below, at one point it was used in folk medicine to treat scabies, […]

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Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts

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Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts Appearance Old fashioned bleeding hearts (Dicentra) are a beautiful plant that deserve a place in any old-fashioned garden that provides the correct conditions. The plant has arching stems dripping with heart shaped flowers. Most often the flowers are pink or white, […]

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Early Spring Preparation

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Early Spring Preparation Almost Spring As we start to near the end of February, I find my tolerance of the cold and snow diminishing each day (and we haven’t even had a lot of snow). However, today I noticed a few signs that spring may […]

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2016-2017 Garden Planning

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 2016-2017 Garden Planning It is winter break from school and it is time to start the 2016-2017 Garden Planning process. I always start this by looking through Baker Creek’s newest catalog. If you have never looked at one; it is truly an amazing resource. (No, I am […]

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