C. L. Fornari's Blog

I Love Potentilla canadensis aka Dwarf Cinquefoil

Name:  Potentilla canadensis aka Dwarf Cinquefoil Type of Plant:   Typically thought of as a weed, this is a low-growing cinquefoil for sun or part-shade. Why I Love this Plant:  I love this plant because it’s native to this area. Dwarf cinquefoil is a pollinator...

I Love Cymbopogon citratus aka Lemon Grass

Name:  Cymbopogon citratus aka Lemon Grass Type of Plant:   A tropical plant native to Southeast Asia. A culinary herb that’s easy to grow as an annual in colder climates. Why I Love this Plant: This herb is pretty grass, in a garden or in a pot. If you are interested...

Is This A Foxglove?

It is mid-May in my garden, and a time when biennials, weeds, and perennials are growing fast. It's also a time when I see posts on social media asking, "Is this a foxglove plant?" I love the biennial foxgloves, and right now they can be seen around my vegetable...
How To Plant Garlic

How To Plant Garlic

We planted our garlic today. This is something that is done in the fall and we usually put ours in the ground in October. If you're new to growing...

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Happy Birthday, Mom

Happy Birthday, Mom

It is fitting that I spent the morning repotting houseplants. It is my mother's birthday today. Had she not died recently, she would have been 90...

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October Garden Orzo Salad

October Garden Orzo Salad

Even as the gardening season moves toward a killing frost there can be a bounty of vegetables to harvest. Today I went into the garden to ask...

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Crispy Sweet Potato Cake

Crispy Sweet Potato Cake

AKA: What to do with leftover sweet potatoes or yams. I had some garnet yams left over last week, so I decided to make them into cakes. These were...

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I Love Bloomerang Lilac

I Love Bloomerang Lilac

Name: Syringa x 'Penda' aka Bloomerang® Purple Lilac Type of Plant: A re-blooming lilac shrub, hardy in Zones 3-7 Why I love this: There are many...

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Fall Garden Pizza

Fall Garden Pizza

It is late September and I'm still harvesting the freshest, most tasty food on earth. But at this time of year there is less of it. A small summer...

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I Love Cucurbita

I Love Cucurbita

 Name: Cucurbita Type of Plant: Pumpkins and winter squash. Usually a large growing annual vegetable vine. Why I love this: Cucurbita is a genus of...

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