Plants

Posted by Rochelle |

Jeff Bezos (that Amazon guy) defines your personal brand as the thing that people say about you when you aren't in the room -  I...

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Too big, Too much Work, Too Fussy - find the just right plant for your garden. www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

by Joanne Neale GARDENERS CAN SOMETIMES SUFFER FROM “GOLDILOCKS” SYNDROME. A FAVORITE PLANT IS JUST TOO BIG FOR THE SPACE, ANOTHER IS JUST TOO MUCH...

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Calming Pastel Colored Plants - Strawberry tower garden with claibrachoa, and alyssum. www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

I went two very different directions with color in my garden this year.  Near the house and on my patio, I imagined a dramatic combo...

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Harlow Carr Clematis scrambling through container garden by jacki-dee via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through this website) learn more about...

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Plants to pair with a grey house diervilla kodiak orange by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

Cute summer towns are a haven for houses with adorable little gardens.  They are always tidy and like a properly dressed lady (whose handbag always...

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Columbine and sunshine blue caryopteris by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

I've turned into a weird hoarder when it comes to Chartreuse plants in my garden.  They have always been a favorite of mine.  It only...

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colorful floral wall inspriation from FASHION SAMBAPITA via www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

I am in the final stages of getting another issue of PITH + VIGOR out the door (it is in the process of being stuffed...

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reducing mulch and replacing with ground cover by joanne neale www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that...

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Learning about and Experiments with Torasampe - Aegagropila linnaei - also called Marimo Japanese moss balls by rochellegreayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

A couple of weeks ago, when I was speaking at the Philadelphia Flower show, I picked up some Aegagropila linnaei - also known as Torasampe...

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Office Makeover with Modernica Planter by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

Slowly but surely my new office is taking shape. The hardest part for me is always the finishing touches. I still need to find, load-up and...

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How to grow sustainable modern roses (easy-care) by Pat Leuctman with Peter Kukielski
Posted by Rochelle |

In 2008 the state of New York imposed new regulations on all government-owned properties - no longer would pesticide usage be allowed.  Peter Kukielski, the rosarian-curator...

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Everything you ever wanted (and didn't want) to know about moss - at www.pithandvigor.com - image by Sascha Wenninger - Moss near the Yarra River
Posted by Rochelle |

I'm always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I will learn and what will...

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a shamrock (oxalis) rainbow www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

I'm finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In the last decade (or so)...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs - but a couple combos hit the...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Fall is slowly changing over to winter here in Maine. We have already had one surprise snow storm with another on its way tonight. Over...

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Hosta plantaginea + Lycoris squamigera + Sporobolus heterolepis for PITH + VIGOR
Posted by Rochelle |

Like me, you are probably feeling a bit depressed at the thought of your garden’s painstakingly planted scenes deteriorating over the next months. Yes, of course you can plant some spring-blooming bulbs, but you...

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Posted by rodney eason |

From this title, "Traffic Stopping Kale," you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara where a truck loaded with...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to be finished by early next...

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Posted by rodney eason |

One of the biggest challenges that I found with high latitude gardening is looking for bold-foliaged plants that can take mild summers and cooler nights....

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Posted by rodney eason |

There have only ever been two plants that I had my photo taken with during my years of being obsessed with plants. The first was...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty and attraction. If you were...

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