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Some Like It Hot – The Plant Lady

It’s solstice time, the longest day of the year. With the sun at its highest, we enter the so-called dog days of summer when...

Themed Gardens – The Plant Lady

My garden book library is extensive on two oak bookshelves my husband built. Winnowed down many times, there are some I’ve given away and...

May Flowers – The Plant Lady

May is the floral explosion month with roses, iris, clematis, and baptisia, all coming into flower. The work of general weeding turns to staking...

Vegetable Gardening – The Plant Lady

Maybe all the gardener grows is a vegetable garden, but this is undoubtedly the year to consider growing your own food if you haven’t...

Fall is a Time for Sowing – The Plant Lady

Maybe contrary to your notion of a timeline for seed sowing, fall is the best and perfect time to sow seeds of winter annuals...

The Carrot Family – The Plant Lady

The highly diverse carrot family offers many plants that are aromatic and useful as herbs or spices. When flowering they are described as umbelliferous,...

Witch Hazel – The Plant Lady

Witch hazels are large shrubs that flower in fall or winter. Their name is derived from the old English word “wice” which means pliant...

Big Trees – The Plant Lady

Virginia is a state with lots of champion trees and a big advantage; it’s home to the two most famous big tree hunters in...

Little Bluestem – The Plant Lady

Little Bluestem
Our local fields often contain a native grass that has a winter presence which is hard to miss. I have seen it turn a...

The seasonal flowers of Christmas, Florist Cyclamen – The Plant Lady

The seasonal flowers of Christmas, Florist Cyclamen - The Plant Lady
The seasonal flowers of Christmas are few. Nothing like the countless options for Mother’s Day or Easter. It boils down to forced flowers that...