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Cook with Tasty Anise Hyssop Leaves

I’ve often dried anise hyssop leaves for a note of licorice flavor in winter pots of tea or infused them in gin, but this year my friend Julie taught me a tasty new trick.

By |September 25th, 2018|Categories: How-To's|
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Enhance Your Views with Selective Pruning

Experts commonly answer the question, “When is the best time to prune?” with “When you have clippers in your hand.” But that’s not always the case.

By |September 24th, 2018|Categories: How-To's|
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Signs that Summer’s Winding Down

I’m hearing lots of clues that summer is winding down, though. Dawn gets quieter and quieter, but the side yard is alive with twittering goldfinches clinging to Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) plants, gorging on ripe seeds, while bumblebees keep up the buzz pollinating its long-lasting lavender flowers.

By |September 20th, 2018|Categories: Clues|
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Views Out My Windows

Being surrounded by gardens is like living in a wildlife blind. The more native plants I grow right outside the windows, the more critters appear.

By |September 15th, 2018|Categories: Views|
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Glorious Goldenrods

Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade' Goldenrods are one of the most important food resources for native bees as summer slides into fall. The many tiny individual flowers on each flowerhead supply not just nectar, [...]

By |September 12th, 2018|Categories: Great Plants, Just Published!|

Keynote talk on The Darwinian Garden

Come to the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners conference on March 19, 2016 and hear my keynote talk, Survival in the Darwinian Garden: Planting the Fittest. We'll dig into the many adaptations plants have evolved to survive [...]

By |February 29th, 2016|Categories: Talks|