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An inviting walkway in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

An inviting walkway (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Each spring brings opportunities-and a little inspiration-to take on chores we put off over the winter. Perhaps it’s the sun’s warmth that inspires us after the long winter, or possibly just the change of seasons that makes us want to shed old “stuff” and reinvent ourselves in some small way. We might do a thorough house cleaning to refresh our spirits, paint one of our rooms a bright, cheerful color, or simply update some curtains. And for those of us whose spirits are longing to be outdoors, we may pick a few new plants to lift our spirits and celebrate the coming summer. If plant inspiration is something you’re thinking about this spring, here are a few of the long lived (in Zone 5 New England) beauties that give me great joy each year that they return. [Read more…]

The Magic of Peonies

Paeonia lactiflora 'Karl Rosenfeld' in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Karl Rosenfeld’ paired with poppies (photo: Kathy Diemer)

If I had to pick a “top-ten” favorite, that is after you held me down and twisted my arm, one of the chosen few would surely include herbaceous peonies.  I’m too much of a plant collector to confess to this often, so categorizing peonies at the top of my list would indicate my deep affection for this well known (and dare I say highly regarded) plant.  And you know I don’t give love to just any plant on the block without good reason, so here’s a few tips and choices for you. [Read more…]