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2010-05-19 :: megan // Plants
Operation eliminate eyesore

Up until a couple months ago, I had a major detractor sitting right off the side of my patio. Poor, dry, inhospitable soil had me stumped, and the spot became a dumping ground for garden junk, like my winterizing supplies here, that sit at the ready for frost alerts during the iffy months. Add a [...]

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2010-05-13 :: megan // Plants

My jack in the pulpit that had been deemed obscene by a passer-by when it was in the shoot stage, now has fully leafed out, and has a black striped flower. It has actually looked good for 3 weeks now, even after a windy day knocked it over with a flying plant box and I [...]

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2010-05-05 :: megan // Plants
May is magic

From this… To that, in one week

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2010-04-28 :: megan // Plants
Stupid Gardener Tricks

I’ve been trying to get a handle on the weeds in the garden, which I swear was made completely out of invasives, since I moved in. Spot weeding didn’t do the trick, so I switched to a much more effective strategy to re-claim and throughly control a new section of garden every year. I started [...]

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2010-04-22 :: megan // Plants
New year, new color

This may be more common than I realize in the flower world, but I don’t grow very many flowering plants, so it’s new to me. I bought this peony for the foliage and unassuming single white flowers. Sadly when it first bloomed two years ago, it was a candy cane. But then, last year, it [...]


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2010-04-18 :: megan // Plants
Shaq in the pulpit

I’ve had a lengthy unrequited love of Jack-in-the-Pulpits. In my first “experimental” garden years, I brought home odd collections of floppy cottage-y flowers A single delphinium here, a black-eyed-susan there, two shades of pink lavatera side by side. The day I first I cracked open Ken Druse’s book The Collector’s Garden I instantly identified with [...]

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It’s not every day you come across a no-care, nearly evergreen, lush, glossy, emerald green shade plant, but it is a happy day when you do. I’ve mentioned in the past that I grow Campanula takesimana for a ground cover, not for its messy flower habits. At the time I only had pictures of the [...]


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2010-04-05 :: megan // Plants
Well, I think it’s exciting

A couple weeks ago, I went to Garden Fever to pick up some lettuce seeds. I came home all excited and with a significantly lighter wallet. They had these monster colocasia rhizomes. They’re a mystery variety, since I came home with a tag that identified the big foot long rhizome as “Elephant ear, V-shaped plant [...]

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Most years by this time, I have started to lose my mind a little, waiting for the return of the leaves. I thought maybe this year, either by keeping busy, planting more evergreens, or having matured as a gardener, I had found that mythical patience we are supposed to have. However, it might simply be [...]

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2010-03-25 :: megan // Plants
Some spring like developments

This is my first spring with Syneilesis, although I’m not sure what species. The tag says “unknown hybrid, possibly a cross between S. aconitifolia and S. palmata, as it does not exactly fit either description.” As promised, it appears as silvery silky unfolding umbrellas. I planted it last fall after the Hardy Plant Society of [...]

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