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I Love Cypripedium acaule aka Lady Slipper Orchid

Name:  Cypripedium acaule aka Lady Slipper Orchid Type of Plant: Native ground orchid that thrives in damp woodland and acidic soils Why I Love This Plant:     The more you know about the lady slipper orchid, the more there is to wonder about and admire. First of all,...

I Love Spotted Wintergreen aka Chimaphila maculata

Name:  Spotted Wintergreen aka Chimaphila maculata  Type of Plant: First of all we need to sort through the common names which are Striped Prince's Pine, Spotted Wintergreen, Pipsissewa, Spotted Pipsissewa, Ratsbane, Rheumatism Root, and Striped Wintergreen. Yikes!...

I Love Camellia Species and Hybrids

Name:  Camellia species and hybrids Type of Plant: Evergreen shrubs that flower in the fall, winter or early spring. Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua are most common species and there are now many hybrids available. If you live in northern areas as I do, look...
I Love Bromeliads

I Love Bromeliads

Name:   Bromeliads  Type of Plant:   Members of the Bromeliaceae family -  a large group of plants mainly native to the tropical Americas. Why I...

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Dried Flower Fun

Dried Flower Fun

In September I was inspired by an article in BBC Gardener's World Magazine about a woman who dried dahlias. On a whim, I picked some of my dahlias...

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I Love Ginkgo Biloba

I Love Ginkgo Biloba

Name: Ginkgo biloba aka ginkgo tree Type of Plant: Ginkgos are ancient trees that are native to east Asia. There are many cultivars that range from...

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