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AN AMAZING WOMAN’S UNIQUE ENTERPRISE

I had the pleasure of meeting Alaya Boisvert when I spoke in Vancouver, BC this past spring. What a brilliant, inspirational, and deep-thinking woman.  Her father is the proprietor of Plantskydd Animal Repellants, a SUPERIOR product that I use in my gardens. Alaya and her former husband, Douglas, recently started an amazing website and blog titled Adventures in Co-Parenting.  As…

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JEFFREY D. COLE’S MEMORIAL GARDEN

Garden space in front of Cole-Harrison Insurance Agency before (above) and after (below) memorial garden installed On Memorial Day weekend my twin sister and I installed a memorial garden (that I designed) in honor of her husband, Jeff. The garden was planted in front of Cole-Harrison Insurance Agency, located on the main street in Kennebunk.…

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GARDEN DESIGN: THE FOLIAGE FACTOR

One of the easiest ways to add three seasons of color to a landscape is with foliage. Let’s face it, leaves require a lot less maintenance than most flowers. Yes, we need flowers for their beauty and as a food source for pollinators, but if we introduce more color from leaves (other than various shades/tints…

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CONTRIBUTING WRITER FOR GARDENER’S SUPPLY COMPANY

For fourteen consecutive years I have travelled to Gardener’s Supply Company in Burlington, VT to lecture to sold out audiences about the joy and rewards of high impact, low-maintenance flower gardening. For much longer, I have been a loyal customer, always eagerly expecting the next garden-tested, earth-friendly product. And now I am thrilled to have been…

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Awesome Astilbes

Astilbes are the drama queens of the shade garden.  You cannot help but admire these ‘no-fuss’ divas for their beauty and grace. Flowers can be delicate and frothy or stiff and compact.  Blooms range in color from red, burgundy, white, purple, rosy-purple, peach and various shades of pink. The handsome, fern-like foliage is a delightful…

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Mosquito Madness!

The mosquitos are worse than ever this year.  The minute I step out into my gardens, I am attacked by swarms.  Usually I am not bothered by these blood-lusting creatures.  Studies have shown that certain blood types are more pestered by mosquitos than others. Mosquitos are most attracted to Type O blood and least attracted…

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CONTROLLING LEAF ROLLER ON SMOOTH HYDRANGEA

Having recently raved about smooth Hydrangeas, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that these native beauties can sometimes be bothered by leaf roller caterpillars (Olethreutes ferriferana).  Leaf rollers will not kill the shrub, but rolled leaves, and possibly diminished flowers, can be frustrating.  Until this year, I only noticed leaf rollers on my…

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Smooth Hydrangeas

Not all Hydrangeas are created equal.  In beauty, yes; but in ease of care, not so much.  Smooth Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) are a no-brainer.  Smooth Hydrangea is native to the eastern United States.  The shrub flowers on new wood. Translation: it doesn’t matter how windy and cold the winter; flower buds form in spring after Old Man Winter’s…

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