• Perennials

    Jackmanii Clematis

    by  • June 26, 2011 • Perennials

    As I’ve mentioned before, the Jackmanii clematis growing on the south wall of my house is one of the few plants we inherited from my home’s former owner. From speaking with her, it was clear that, years and years ago, she was quite the gardener. By the time she was ready to sell the...

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    First Snowfall

    by  • December 10, 2009 • Gardening, Perennials

    Our recent abundance of frigid weather, rain, and wind finally gave way overnight and we woke this morning to a world dressed in white. It’s not enough to shovel; just enough of a sprinkling to cover the lawn and garden. Just enough to transform fall’s tired looking landscape into a bit of a winter...

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    Easy-Peasy Perennials

    by  • June 18, 2008 • Perennials

    Elementary teachers have an ingenious system for teaching a new skill. They start out the lesson by having their students do a task that it is practically impossible to fail at. It builds confidence, shows them that they know more than they think ...

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    Monster Jackmanii

    by  • June 14, 2008 • Perennials

    I've written about my Jackmanii clematis and its history before. Suffice to say, I love this plant. Every year, it amazes me with its size and sheer volume of purple blossoms. But this year it is a real monster. Look at it. I think I need a big...

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