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May Flowers – The Plant Lady

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Rethinking Fall Clean-up – The Plant Lady

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It’s always been said that the gardener should get a physical in summer or fall when they are at the peak of their health....

The Plant Lady: Partners for Fall Flowering Bulbs

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The most exuberant, fresh plant in our October gardens are the newly arrived fall flowering bulbs. After a deep summer slumber, they awake and push out...
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