Growing Nepeta (Catmint)
Gardening | Perennials

Growing Nepeta (Catmint)

If you were to take a stroll through my gardens, you would quickly notice that I am a big fan of Nepeta (catmint). And, if you were to ask me what I love most about this plant, it would be hard for me to list just one thing. Benefits Like most mints, Nepeta is easy […]

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Peony Growing Tips
Gardening | Perennials

Peony Growing Tips

Peony Growing Tips I often find myself writing a gardening post after a friend asks me a question about a specific plant. This week I received a few questions about growing peonies. In response, I thought I would share peony growing tips that I hope you will find useful. Peonies have much too offer and […]

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Bellflower (Campanula)
Gardening | Perennials

Bellflower (Campanula)

Bellflower (Campanula) Each year I try to expand the types of perennials I have growing in my gardens. One of the ones I decided to add this spring is Bellflower (Campanula). I selected a purple bellflower variety, but they also come in shades of white, blue, and pink. They tend to start blooming in late […]

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Choosing Tomato Varieties

Choosing Tomato Varieties   If you are like me, you wait all year for fresh tomatoes from your garden. Therefore, it is important to know how to select the best varieties for your growing conditions and purposes. Over the years, I have experimented with a number of different varieties. I have found that I prefer heirlooms over […]

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Iris Season
Gardening | Perennials

Iris Season

Iris Season It would be really difficult to choose a favorite flower, but I think it would ultimately be the iris. I love all of the different types and colors, and how they open at different times throughout spring. Every year I find myself buying 5 or so new varieties and trading with friends to […]

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April: National Garden Month
Gardening | Home Projects

April: National Garden Month

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 assure you that much of my focus this month has […]

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Black Eyed Susan Vine (Thumbergia)

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 of my go to basket plants, especially for around my […]

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Deer Resistant Plants
Gardening | Perennials

Deer Resistant Plants

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 surround my patio came in beautifully only to become salad […]

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Hydrangeas: Determining Type

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 not others? To answer this question, you need to know […]

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Spring Flowers: Daffodils

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 regard. There are over 25,000 daffodil hybrids that are divided […]

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