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I Hate Artemisia vulgaris!

I Hate Artemisia vulgaris!

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...

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A Garden Geek’s New Year’s Resolutions

A Garden Geek’s New Year’s Resolutions

I will only purchase the seeds that I absolutely need. (Fortunately, seed catalogs arrive or are available online in early December, so I’ve already placed several orders before this resolution will take effect.) I won’t stop at the garden center “just to see what’s...

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I Love Goldcrest Cypress

I Love Goldcrest Cypress

Name:  Cupressus macrocarpa 'Goldcrest' aka Goldcrest cypress or lemon cypress Type of Plant:  This is a dwarf evergreen in areas where it’s hardy – zone 7-9. It has a columnar growth habit and lime-green, fragrant foliage. In the Northeast this plant is sold as an...

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A Gardener’s Letter To Santa

A Gardener’s Letter To Santa

Dear Santa, It's been a great year in the garden...as I'm sure you've noticed, the beds have been filled with the usual mix of naughty (mugwort, bindweed and crabgrass) and nice. Especially good this year was the Anthriscus that has self-seeded in the shade garden,...

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Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens

This morning I'm appreciating how my garden gently and steadily slides into winter. I've often joked that when gardeners speak of "winter interest" I assume that they're talking about a cup of hot tea and a good book. Or seed catalog. But the truth is that one of the...

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Keeping Potted Plants Outside All Winter

Keeping Potted Plants Outside All Winter

In my part of New England this is the "I have to admit I'm not going to get these planted..." time of year. I have a couple of shrubs that I'm not sure where I'm going to place them, and some small plants that will be donated to a non-profit next season. And then...

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Change of Season

Change of Season

As I work in the gardens this fall the beauty of the autumnal colors is breathtaking. I stop frequently to try and soak up the golden light from the lower-in-the-sky sun and the yellow foliage. I pause to appreciate the 'Golden Delicious' pineapple sage that is just...

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Displaying Potted Plants

Displaying Potted Plants

As the season winds down I go to my photo library to see what worked this past season and what didn't. One of the overwhelming successes was using a never-sat-on garden bench for plant display. Although this bench is in the fragrance garden we never sit there,...

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