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I Love Sansevieria trifasciata

Name: Sansevieria trifasciata aka snake plant.

Type of Plant: A you-probably-can’t-kill-it houseplant that is sculptural, upright and tolerant of a wide variety of locations and conditions.

Why I love this: Sansevieria, commonly called snake plant, is a striking house plant that can provide an upright, green element indoors. This plant fits right in with any décor from Victorian to modern. And best of all, snake plant is one of the “clean air” plants that filters indoor air pollutants from your home.

I have fond memories of seeing this plant in the windows of gas stations, shoe repair shops and small markets back in the day when those businesses tended to be owned by individuals and not chains. This was the plant that would live anywhere.

A Word to the Wise: It’s rare to find a houseplant that prefers inconsistent watering, but snake plant is one of those atypical plants. This plant does well in an eastern or western facing window and will even tolerate a northern exposure. In a room where the windows face south, place the plant back three or more feet from the window so that the Sansevieria gets bright light in the summer and direct sun only in the winter when the days are shorter.

Yes, this is a flowering plant but frankly, the blooms have that really sickly, overpoweringly sweet fragrance that most people can’t stand. The one time my mother’s plant flowered we hastened to cut those blooms off ASAP since they made everyone in the room gag!

If a Sansevieria trifasciata can look good in O'Hare Airport, imagine how it will thrive in your home!

If a Sansevieria trifasciata can look good in O’Hare Airport, imagine how it will thrive in your home!



Riley, 2015

Riley, 2015

We named him Riley but that quickly got changed to Riley Rumple as it became clear that he had a coat that tended toward shaggy. “You have to groom them, you know,” a total stranger remarked when he was walked on the streets of Falmouth. He answered to Riley when he wasn’t

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Diversity in the Garden

And doubles, such as this wonderful Hot Papaya. Both this photos were taken at the wonderful Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

I was speaking at a garden club meeting recently where the member who gave a conservation or horticulture report reported about the need to plant for pollinators. All gardeners value the critters who pollinate plants and we’ve all heard about how bees, butterflies, bats and others are currently in peril. Plant people understand the value of protecting, and providing

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I Love Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’

What I love most about the witch hazel flower is that they look like bunches of ribbons. On warm days these petals unfurl in celebration of the promise of spring.

Type of Plant: A large growing shrub for sun or part-shade that’s hardy in zones 5 to 9.

Why I love this: ‘Arnold Promise’ is a vigorous, easy care shrub that flowers while the snow is still on the ground. The plant naturally grows into a graceful vase-like shape. In mild winters ‘Arnold Promise’ comes

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Oops I Did it Again - a Plant Geek's Lament

More plants? Oops! I did it again...

A Plant Person’s Parody sung to the tune of Oops!…I Did It Again by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub and recorded by Britney Spears.

Karaoke tune to sing to.

Mmmm Mmmm yeah yeah yeah

Mmmm Mmmm Yeah yeah yeah

I think I did it again Bought seeds and some plants when I felt the yen Oh baby When

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Constructing A Plant Hut or Tipi

Looking from the other direction we see the entry to this shelter.

This summer, why not plant a hut, tipi, or other shelter? These are easy to make and fun to cover with a variety of fast growing, annual vines. Here’s what you need:

Stakes, sticks, or poles – green/fresh wood is best because it’s pliable but dried canes can be used if you aren’t making a

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