Gardeners take chances–and I took a chance on this beauty.

While shopping, if I happen upon something quite striking or unusual for the garden, I often buy it.  I may not know where it will end up being planted.  But I know that good plants don’t go unnoticed, so buy them when you can, right?

So I scooped up the entire group, maybe 2 dozen plants, which costs quite a bit.  But I then used them, mostly, in one client’s gardens–both at their home and at their place of business.

And kept a few to try for myself.  The ones in the ground didn’t look like they were performing that well.  And being petunias, these were not labeled as “self-cleaning” and were looking pretty unsightly. But lo and behold, after settling in and given a chance, they were worth the chance. And even more attractive used in a pot.

This is a Ball Flora Plant: Cha-ching Cherry.  As I was moving around with this plant in hand—another customer said she had seen this newcomer in a floral magazine article.  So–what do you think?  Wasn’t this worth the chance?0703140906YCGT

One chance at a time!  Happy Fourth of July!!




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You Can Grow That–beauty even in the rain

Even while getting caught in a downpour, there is beauty.  Raindrops on lovely Lady’s Mantle, coupled with a nepeta.  And you can grow that, too!!


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Artistic, structural screening—You Can Grow That

I knew I would need to remove–eventually–a large evergreen that would clearly become too large in my front yard.  It had been a useful screening plant for many years.  Once it was down, I had to decide what to put in its’ place—–

It’s not easy to make these decisions.  For me one of the hardest elements is envisioning what the plants will become. ( Most of us don’t buy fully mature trees and shrubs;  cost and availability are factors.)

I thought and thought.  I had been intrigued by one plant at a nursery.  And it surely was not going to be large quickly. Euonymus japonicus ‘Green Spire’.  It had such structure and very dark green leaves.  I then happened upon an entire hedge of them, left natural, not sheared, and I was even more impressed.

So–I decided.  I planted a grouping of three plants, one taller holly with two of my new pals on its side.  They only stand 4 feet tall, but they are so impressive that though they do not–yet—perform quite as a screen—they catch my eye.  And that is almost as useful.  And in my mind’s eye, I see them mature, at six feet or so.

You Can Grow That—–artistic landscaping with structural plants.  And having an eye for the future!Green Spire







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Wow–You can Grow That–learning about neat stuff!

While working in a new client’s garden today, I came across a very unusual plant.  I believe it is from a bulb.  The prior owner of this property was a plant enthusiast.  The new owners appreciate their gardens—but–well—you know–it is just not their “thing”. (For this, I am thankful!!  I get a lot of work that way!)


Grey foliage with nodding bells—almost dark maroon—-about 18 inches tall..

Here’s the point.  They might not care too much.  But I get a thrill when I run across plants like this.  Then I go home and look things up and read and research—and it is all such neat stuff.  I haven’t even figured out what this is yet!  But I’ll tell you—You Can Grow That!–neat stuff.  Try something new if only to entertain me.

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This charming sedum is a keeper!

Sedum 'Cape Blanco'This charming sedum was planted last year—and not only survived our last winter but is flourishing.  I managed to find the tag: Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’.

You can see the lovely bluish-grey tints but there’s some rosy pink highlights.  Now that it has “made the grade” I will install more along the walkway.  It is 2-4 inches high with a spacing of 24 inches. ( I’m not going tell you where to buy it until after I’ve gone & purchased mine!!)



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Craving brightness on this grey day—

betterWhile shopping this afternoon, trying to best use my time for my business—-because I couldn’t bear to spread bags of compost on this raw, cloudy day—I came across these lovelies.  Just enough bang for the buck and worth a chance.  Nice color; I like the finer petal and the white with raspberry.  Just want the doctor ordered to brighten this day!


English Daisy

By the way, these are ‘Habanera White with Red Tips’ English Daisy.

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Heaths & heathers for color when you need it most.

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It is the 5th of April and we are all craving color and warmth.  The warmth is coming ever so slowly, it seems.  I know soon it will burst forth and we will “feel” like it is spring!

Here on Cape Cod, while it is still quite cool and raw, we are even hesitant to plant pansies.  I had thought I would be posting about them.  But not today.  So as I looked around my property what I see that gives me such joy and for such a long time is a grouping of heaths and heathers.

Now filling out and getting almost crowded, I so enjoy their brightness. And– I grew that!  I made those decisions one day years ago and have continued to be glad for that.

And You Can Grow That, too.

Think heaths and heathers for sustainable joy for many years to come. Mix them up in a jumble…

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