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I Love Hydrangea Pinky Winky

Name:  Hydrangea paniculata ‘Dvppinky’ aka Pinky Winky Hydrangea

Type of Plant:  This is a very hardy shrub that flowers in mid-to-late summer and into fall. The large flowers are cone-shaped, a bit lacy and totally upright. A trouble free shrub that’s hardy in Zones 3-8.

Why I love This:  Pinky Winky not only has flowers that are upright, but they turn pink from the bottom up. So for part of the flowering period the blooms are pink on the widest end, with white tips. I also like the fact that the branches are upright, making this a narrower shrub than many paniculata varieties. This is a wonderful plant for a mixed shrub border, privacy screen or the back of a flower garden.

A Word to the Wise:  Don’t plant this in a place where you want a shrub to stay small. Yes, if flowers on new growth so you can prune it heavily in the spring if you need to. But it’s crazy to fight a plant’s genetics, and Pinky Winky’s genes are telling it to be 6 to 8 feet tall. Frankly, I suspect that it could grow a great deal larger and would ultimately grow wider as well.

Here you see my Pinky Winky on the left, next to the tall 'Lemon Queen' Helianthus. Another good companion for Pinky Winky is a purple-leaf Physocarpus such as Center Glow or Summer Wine.

Here you see my Pinky Winky on the left, next to the tall ‘Lemon Queen’ Helianthus. Another good companion for Pinky Winky is a purple-leaf Physocarpus such as Center Glow or Summer Wine.

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I Love Verbascum Chaixii – aka nettle-leaved mullein

All types of bees love this Verbascum.

Name:  Verbascum chaixii aka nettle-leaved mullein

Type of Plant:  A biennial that sometimes only lasts a year and other times might live three years, this plant self-seeds around the garden. The straight species has spires of yellow flowers, and the variety ‘Album’ has white blossoms…both have purple stamens which add to the charm of the

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Change? You Can Grow That!

And here is that same area in 2014 - we added onto the existing patio with "patchwork" rocks and pavers, and planted an assortment of perennials, shrubs and annual plants.

Anyone who has a garden comes, at the very least, to accept change. When we’re fortunate, we come to value it. Over the past 8 years I’ve watched great growth and development here at Poison Ivy Acres as I’ve created new gardens and watched them fill in. Now I’m at the stage where I’m tweaking

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

I think that the stamens add a great deal of drama to these flowers.  And yes, I'm careful not to brush by them with light-colored clothing or have them positioned over a white couch.

Recently when I spoke at a garden club I listened to the flower show judge comment on the various arrangements that members had brought in. Her comments were about how the displays would be judged in a formal flower show, of course…we are all free to put flowers together in any manner we want at home.

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Better Connections Through Vegetable Gardening

Borrowing a caption from the Forest graphics of a similar nature. (Get it? NATURE?)

Borrowing a caption from the Forest graphics of a similar nature. (Get it? NATURE?)

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I Hate Artemisia vulgaris!

Here is how you can tell that the young plant you see is mugwort. The tops are green and the underside of the leaves is silver. The plant has an herbal smell.

I was talking to Bill, from the Cape Cod Alarm Company last week and he said that he’s been listening to my radio programs for years and has never heard me say I hate a plant! Is this because I love all plants? In fact, I love more plants than I dislike, but there have

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