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September 6, 2018

 

Folk Wisdom For Gardeners

Let’s get some sage advice from Duncan Crosbie’s book Tips From the Old Gardeners…

August 30, 2018

 

Butterworts

Charles Darwin identified the Pinguicula genus in the 1870s.

August 2, 2018

 

Prunella

Prunella is a member of the mint family, so that tells us immediately that it is a vigorous, spreading plant.

November 19, 2015

 

Catalpa sphinx moth caterpillar on white snakeroot.

Eupatorium Species

Many gardens don’t have room for such big plants! But in those that do, Joe Pye weed is sure to please both humans...and butterflies.

June 4, 2015

 

From the 1904 painting by John William Godward entitled “In the Days of Sappho.” Are those white roses over on the side?

Names For Roses

About 2,500 years ago, the Greek poet Sappho called the rose the “queen of flowers.”

May 28, 2015

 

Foxgloves.

Fairies’ Gloves

The botanical name Digitalis is from the Latin for finger, and “folk” refers to fairies, hence the common name of folks' gloves or fairies' gloves.

November 27, 2014

 

Achillea millefolium 'Paprika' cultivar.

Achillea Cultivars

Achillea is the botanical name for yarrow and was named after Homer’s hero of the Trojan wars--Achilles.

November 29, 2012

 

Hamamelis virginiana, common witch hazel.

Autumn-Blooming Witch Hazel

Witch hazel bark has traditionally been used by steeping it in water to make an astringent, which Native Americans used to treat a variety of ills.

September 27, 2012

 

Consolida regalis.

The Consolida Genus Includes Larkspur

Most of the larkspurs we grow in our gardens are annuals, but they readily self seed so they can become almost permanent residents of our gardens.

September 13, 2012

 

Fireweed.

Fireweed Thrives In Disturbed Soil

The native perennial fireweed produces spikes of magenta flowers July through September.

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