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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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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Curing and Storing Garlic

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Curing and Storing Garlic I harvested my garlic crop on the 15th of July. Considering how little rain we received this summer and that I did not water frequently due to concern for my well level, I thought my crop was pretty good. Curing Garlic […]

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Growing Bluebeard or Blue Mist Spirea

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Growing Bluebeard or Blue Mist Spirea A few years ago, I was looking to add some late summer/early fall color to one of my gardens. I wanted something that could serve as a focal point as well. As I browsed the aisles of my local […]

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Identifying Ironweed

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Identifying Ironweed (Vernonia) Ironweed Description Ironweed is a perennial plant that can grow from 3 feet up to an amazing 10 feet tall (one of mine hit about 7 feet this year). Its height makes it a great candidate for a spot in the back […]

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Dragon Fruit: What’s That?

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Dragon Fruit: What’s That?  I consider myself to be semi-adventurous when it come to food. If I see something I have never tried, I make an effort to acquaint myself with it. Today was no different when I encountered dragon fruit at my local market. […]

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Landscaping with Russian Sage

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Landscaping with Russian Sage Russian Sage Origins Many people can recognize the distinct appearance of Russian Sage. But, did you know that it really isn’t a sage at all. Rather, it is a member of the mint family. And, it really isn’t Russian. In fact, […]

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