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The Longest Blooming Clematis of my Acquaintance

  LONG BLOOMING SMALL FLOWERED CLEMATIS Many of the longest blooming Clematis are found among the smaller flowered kinds. Their myriads of small individual flowers combine to make as exciting a show as any of the large flowered Clematis can offer. I find that their stems and foliage also last more nicely and can be […]

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Choosing Stone and Hard Materials: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Choosing Stone and Hard Materials Choose a Family of Stone and Hard Materials from the Beginning. It will save alot of problems if you considerately select the set of stone and hard materials you will be using together for your ‘palette’ before you begin to design your projects in any detail. You are […]

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Long Blooming Hardy Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Hardy Perennial Self – Sowers goes to: Corydalis lutea  and to Corydalis lutea alba…… Easy, long flowering friends can be found among the many perennial choices in the plant world. Among the handsomest of hardy, long blooming plants, these two enthusiastic Corydalines are willing to volunteer […]

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Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Best Standing Perennial Self Sowers goes to: Linaria purpurea (purple) and to Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went (pink) Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went The pink form of this Linaria is named in honor of Canon J. Went (ecumenical), and […]

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Long Blooming, Self Sowing, Comeback Plants

Prizewinning Self Sowing Plants : Annuals and Perennials .Longblooming Comeback Plants for Zone 5B It is a good feeling to have some favorite plants that you know are So Happy in your place that they will be coming back of their own accord, year after year, through generations of new individuals.  Some kinds of plants […]

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Landscape Design in Snow

DRAWING IN YOUR SNOW Taking time over the drawing phase of your landscape making journey, whether in snow, on sand, lawn or paper, will strongly influence the quality of the choices you will ultimately make in the design of the things for your landscape. Drawing in snow is a pleasant way to get thoughts going […]

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Your Ecotome

ECOTOME This self describing noun is not much in current use, yet it would seem to me by its etymological origins that it could usefully be incorporated when referring to ones own local ecological context. The ‘local ecotome’ would refer to the surrounding area of which you are a part, the one whose ecological realities […]

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Pumpkins and Other Long Island Characters

 Harvest Holiday On 10/10/10 I drove slowly through the Orient Point Park and wildlife reserve, which lies like a ribbon stretched out alongside the Atlantic Ocean at the easternmost tip of Long Island, New York. I was on the lookout for my old friends, the box turtles, who live quietly there (with turtle crossing signs […]

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Long Blooming Vines: Loniceras

Long Blooming VinesSome Favorite Honeysuckles If you find a place in each view for one or more kinds of the longest blooming plants, and build your landscape pictures to complement their colors and character, your beds can nearly always be freshly beautiful. These enthusiastic, long flowering Loniceras are tough and reliable, contributing substantially through the […]

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Plant Names and Why They Matter

“Most of us are bored with gossip and photographs of people we do not know. The beginner feels the same way about plants”[1] … The plant scene becomes more interesting when you understand the cast of characters a bit. To develop relationships with the plant players, you will want to get to know them as […]

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Growing Your Own Moss: Some Tricks to Know

GROWING  MOSS If you have Moss and you want to encourage it, or you are bringing some into your land… Choose or create an ecology like the one in which your moss was originally thriving. Look for clues as to the favored habitat of your particular candidates. Think about the soil and exposure around each […]

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Mosses You are Likely to Meet

 Mosses You are Likely to Meet Accurately labeled, this display identifies many of the prevalent resident mosses of New England so that they can introduce themselves to you. Once you know the name of the kind you are curious about, you can find out more about it with the help of Google. I wanted you […]

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Earth Swapping = Easy Underground Composting

  Underground Composting … You will need loam and compost each season in your yard. Often it will just be a little, but you can’t get along without it. Earth washes away, sinks and compacts so somehow, if you are working the garden, you will always need a little more. One might prefer not to […]

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Pruning Your Clematis

Prune After Flowering. This is the the general rule for all Clematis, as it is for most plant materials. But When After? This question has a long answer, but the situation does not need to be as puzzling as you might think. For most people the confusing thing is which Clematis to cut down substantially […]

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Clematis Clues

Clematis Vines Training and Pruning

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 2 / Approaching Your Land

Landscape Design Advisories Chapter 2 Approaching Your Land A Year of Observation Many of the plant materials and sylvan creatures of our northern landscapes appear and disappear through the course of the seasons, so it will require a year of observation just to fully see who lives on your land. You will want to know […]

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