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Change? You Can Grow That!

Change? You Can Grow That!

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...
Autumn Appreciation? You Can Grow That!

Autumn Appreciation? You Can Grow That!

In so many ways the fall landscape can be just as exhilarating as the spring season. With the right plants you’ll have a continuing kaleidoscope of color and texture in autumn that is as striking as the growth and promise of April or May. Love of the fall...
A Visual Surprise? You Can Grow That!

A Visual Surprise? You Can Grow That!

As the growing season winds down I’m focusing on the increadible wealth in the garden by picking a bouquet every day. But today I decided to place one of these in a location where I don’t often put flowers. One thing that’s enjoyable about cutting...
Unusual Annual, Edible and Ornamental

Unusual Annual, Edible and Ornamental

And tall too! You can grow that! I started Red Burgundy Okra from seed this year and planted it in the veggie garden, but next year this is going into my flower beds. It has everything a person could want in a late-season garden: it’s tall (now over 4 feet),...
Wedding Flowers? You Can Grow That!

Wedding Flowers? You Can Grow That!

I am a tad late with my four-words-on-the-Fourth this month because I was, on the Fourth of July, doing the flowers for a wedding. The event was at The Hill, in Columbia County, NY. The bride wanted country-style flowers in keeping with this lovely rural setting, and...
A Fragrant June Bouquet? You Can Grow That!

A Fragrant June Bouquet? You Can Grow That!

If you want beautiful, fragrant cut flowers in early June, plant peonies, lady’s mantle, nepeta, and hakon grass. (AKA Paeonia varieties, Alchemilla mollis, Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’, and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) These are...

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