A Palm That Does Well In New England*

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

*sort of When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a…

What Worked. My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

What Worked. My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back…

What Worked – My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

What Worked – My 2014 End of Summer Roundup

There is nothing like the official change of season (autumn equinox – I see you)  to inspire a look back…

Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Of all the plants that I would recommend most everyone include in their garden, mountain mint or Pycnanthemum muticum would…

The Chinese Mayapple

The Chinese Mayapple

This weekend I was mowing the grass when our 21 year-old Honda pushmower finally gave up the ghost. We had…

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

The Scent of Nostalgia: Prairie Dropseed

Walking through New York city brings to mind a unique combination of good and bad smells. Cooking onions and sausages…

Summer Is Not Over, Yet!

Summer Is Not Over, Yet!

Funny how one person can say something and then more and more people start to repeat it until their words…

A Marvelous New Hibiscus

A Marvelous New Hibiscus

Which plant is literally on fire in our garden right now? Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ I admittedly ordered this plant on…

A Greek Goddess Sweetshrub

A Greek Goddess Sweetshrub

I have written before about how much I like the Hartlage Wine sweetshrub. Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ is still…

The Rusty Foxglove

The Rusty Foxglove

Long after other Digitalis have taken the summer off for vacation, the rusty foxglove or Digitalis ferruginea is flowering during the warm…

Deinanthe caerulea – An Uncommon Blue Flower To Stump Your Friends

Deinanthe caerulea – An Uncommon Blue Flower To Stump Your Friends

Summer is the time for vacations, warm temperatures, and flowering hydrangeas. Among the things that New Englanders come to count…

On Fire For Cuphea

On Fire For Cuphea

Occasionally, I will get the urge to obsess over a group of plants. I have gone mad for Magnolias, frenetic…

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

I think this Summer has been absolutely fantastic here in Maine. So far, there has been plenty of sunshine and…

Cape Fuchsia

Cape Fuchsia

It feels great to be home. For the past week and a half, I was on the road between Maine…

Taking Stock in the Garden

Taking Stock in the Garden

You win some you lose some. I’ve been focussing too much lately on where I am losing (I beat the…

A Columbine To Add To Your Garden

A Columbine To Add To Your Garden

There are plants that people love and then there are plants that people hate. Some of the plants that a…

Snow in Summer, baby

Snow in Summer, baby

School is almost out for the summer here in New England. Thankfully, our kids only have two snow make-up days…

Nursery Love

Nursery Love

I must start again with a confession. You know how people refer to themselves as “fan-boys?” This term is usually…

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

It is late May here in Maine and we are in the midst of a long, cool spring. The temperatures…

Spanish Bluebells

Spanish Bluebells

When I first became passionate about gardening and horticulture in college, I would devour books and magazines about gardens and…

If I Can Only Grow One Plant In The Next Year, It Will Be This – (Geranium maderense)

If I Can Only Grow One Plant In The Next Year, It Will Be This – (Geranium maderense)

Call it an obsession if you will, but I am continually searching for the biggest and boldest plants that will…

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