Category Archives: Plant Fix

Foxglove Greenhouses–Destination Nursery

We call them “destination nurseries”—interesting, usually not well-known, and typically off the beaten path, these plant havens are the ones you build a day around.  In Kitsap, we are lucky to have many destination nurseries and I’m always looking for … Continue reading

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Deutzia & the Lure of White Flowers–Plant Fix

White does nothing for me.  12 years of wearing a white uniform blouse to school might be responsible.  I can honestly say I haven’t worn a white blouse since the last day of high school.  White walls appear unfinished to … Continue reading

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The Asphodels are Blooming! Plant Fix

There’s something about the first time a new plant blooms; akin to a first kiss.  When I purchased the Asphodeline lutea and Asphodelus albus (both have the common name Asphodel) a few years back, I was thrilled—they are CHOICE!  I … Continue reading

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Petasites palmatus (Palmate Coltsfoot)–Native Plant Fix

The one thing I absolutely love about horticulture is that it provides a lifetime of wonder and learning.  Just last week I snapped photos of a plant whose silhouette I had been admiring for a week at 45 miles per … Continue reading

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Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower)–PLANT FIX

I have been growing Pulsatilla, or pasque flowers for 15 years.  I found them quite accidentally when preparing for the Kitsap Home & Garden Show for which I was creating a garden venue. The show falls yearly on St Patrick’s … Continue reading

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Arum italicum (Italian Arum)—New WA State Noxious Weed

I have Arum italicum (Italian arum) in my garden, and in fact, 4 years ago I posted an ode to its beauty and ease of care in the garden.  I will be digging it out this spring after learning that the plant is listed for 2015 … Continue reading

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Yucca filamentosa & Y. flaccida–PLANT FIX

It’s been some winter, and it’s not even done yet.  A stroll around the garden reveals many a pathetic looking plant whose normally evergreen leaves are now blackened and scorched at its feet.  Or worse looking yet, rusty brown and … Continue reading

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Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’—Plant Fix

Many of my favorite plants aren’t looking like much right now.   That’s an understatement, really. Some appear downright horrendous—slimy stems collapsed onto tattered foliage and others, though they may be riding out the weather, have been ravaged by slugs.  An … Continue reading

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TIARELLA CORDIFOLIA (FOAMFLOWER)—PLANT FIX

When it comes to gardening, I have come to admire the workhorses over the starlets.  You can keep the rare Meconopsis (Himalayan blue poppy), picky Daphne and slug magnet candelabra primroses.  Let other gardeners coddle them.  I want plants that … Continue reading

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Try on these Skullcaps–Plant Fix

I planted two cultivars of Scutellaria (Skullcap or Helmet flower) in my “dry garden” the fall of 2008 and I’ve become quite attached to them.  Providing ornamental effects not dissimilar to a catmint—they are low, spreading and offer flowers in … Continue reading

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