Monthly Archives: August 2011

Joe Pye Weed- Eupatorium Purpureum

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Joe Pye Weed showed up in the wilder parts of my garden a few years ago. I think it looks terrific with Angelica Gigas. Named after the American Indian , Joe Pye, who was said to have cured typhus with … Continue reading

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Angelica Gigas

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A gardening friend gave me three Angelica gigas, which is a monocarpic biennial or short-lived perennial plant from China, Japan and Korea. Monocarpic plants are those that flower, set seeds and then die. The first year, Angelica rocketed to 4 … Continue reading

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Plant Combinations

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It’s mid August and two of my favorite plants are blooming at the same time. If you have an area begging for some light, you may want to plant the shrub Hydrangea Limelight and perennial Phlox David. The combination of … Continue reading

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Texture in the Garden

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Different textures make for an interesting visual experience in the garden. One such plant plant to incorporate for this goal is, Rosemary Willow- Salix elaeagnos- S. rosamrinifolia. I have six of these beauties and they have grown so quickly that … Continue reading

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Extending the Vegetable Plot

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I have not felt like blogging all week. It’s been a very unsettling week  starting with the London riots and then the global stock market crash. The Republicans keep threatening to get rid of Medicare and Social Security. I am … Continue reading

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Nicotiana -best of the summer annuals

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Pronounced:  Nic- O- ti- ana- Tobacco plant is one of my top 5 favorite annuals and there are just so many reasons why I think this plant should be in more gardens! Single handedly this plant keeps my whole garden … Continue reading

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Rhus Typhina –‘Tiger Eyes’

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The common Staghorn Sumac- Rhus Typhina is native to the Northeastern US. I love this plant with its long flat leaves and the red fruit it produces in late summer. The fruit called “drupes” arrives at the terminal end of … Continue reading

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