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An inviting walkway in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

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…]

My Mentor’s Garden

View from entrance of Kathleen's garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

View from entrance of Kathleen’s garden (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Though her nursery is no longer open, Kathleen Nelson’s garden is always open to friends and plant enthusiasts.  On a recent sweltering day, I drove over to Kathleen’s and with hats to protect our heads from the intense sun, we strolled about her garden reminiscing.  Kathleen shared some of her favorite plants at the entrance; flowing Amsonia hubrichtii, violet flowered Verbena hastata, sprawling Kirengeshoma palmata, vibrant Spigelia marilandica, towering Silphium terebinthinaceum and a glowing Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden.  As we walked, she shared the events that helped her evolve as a gardener and become an environmentally responsible steward of her land. [Read more…]

E-Series Plants, Part 2: Eryngium

Eryngium yuccifolium in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Eryngium yuccifolium (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

The first of the E-Series plants (easy to grow beauties that start with the letter E) was the orby echinops.  Now, for a textural blue unlike any other, my next E choice selection is eryngium, commonly known as seaholly.  From purply-blues to smoky grey-blues, this plant has your number.  The slightly prickly, oval leaved eryngium adds texture and entertainment to your garden by easily mingling in with just about any plant you pair it with. And that’s where it gets fun and creative. [Read more…]

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