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Lavender Mist Meadow Rue

‘Lavender Mist’ Meadow Rue plants (Thalictrum rochebrunianum) are easy to grow but nearly impossible to photograph because the plants are almost see-through. There are some cultivars that only grow 3 or 4 feet tall but the species plants grow about … Continue reading

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Peanut-eating Wren

The House wrens arrived for the season last week. It’s always exciting to hear the first wren song of the season. But they can be little bullies. This one drove a chickadee out of one of the birdhouses in our … Continue reading

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Evil Mastermind Plots Feeder Revenge

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Iris Siberica ‘Little White’

Last fall when I divided scores of my daylilies I also divided some of my older perennials including several Siberian irises. ‘Little White’ had only been sending up a smattering of blooms in the last couple of years, so it … Continue reading

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Bizarro Birdfeeding

This has been the weirdest bird migration season I can remember. I was more prepared than I’ve ever been for migrating birds to come to my backyard feeders and birdbaths, but I waited for almost two weeks and nobody came. … Continue reading

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Pretty Primrose

It isn’t even May yet, and I’ve already impulse-shopped my first plant. I had some gaps in my perennial beds after the great daylily dividing event of last fall, so last weekend I went to the Flower Factory to get … Continue reading

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Daylily Tough

On Tuesday it was supposed to be mild but rainy. Instead the sun stayed out for much of the day and the temperature climbed into the mid-60s. We hadn’t enjoyed warmth like that for months. Since there’s not a lot … Continue reading

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Sedum ‘Thunderhead’

I’ve never grown a tall sedum before—most of my sedums max out at about 18 inches—but when I saw the big, dark-rose blooms of ‘Thunderhead’ I was smitten. The breeders of this beautiful sedum also boast sturdy stems and long-lasting … Continue reading

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Coreopsis ‘Mercury Rising’

Once upon a time there was a coreopsis that thrilled gardeners with its ruby-red flowers and promise of drought-tolerance and low maintenance. It was sold in garden centers all over the United States—even in the north because it was supposed … Continue reading

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Daylily Days

I’m in flower heaven when the daylilies go gangbusters. It’s so fun to open the shades every morning to see the day’s color display. This was one of my flowerbeds last week: This year has been a bit strange. Many … Continue reading

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