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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.

Top 10 Performer #5: Rudbeckia

It was a close call between #5 and #6 because both are essential, but rudbeckia finally won the debate because it is SO much easier to grow. Here in my Zone 5 gardens, rudbeckia is usually a perennial, sometimes a … Continue reading

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Fighting the Winter Blues

It’s late January and we’ve had over a week without sunshine. The past two days we’ve had snow. Yesterday everything was shut down for a “Big Winter Storm” with 6-10″ predicted. Schools, businesses and roads were closed….. We got 1 … Continue reading


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Top Ten Performers: #4 Celosia

Let’s talk about Celosia, often called the “brain flower” because of its convoluted round heads. My first encounter with celosia was when I was a little girl. Grandma Miller always had a big garden, even after they moved to town … Continue reading

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Top Ten Performer # 3: Agastaches

This one may surprise a few people! Some may not even recognize the scientific name “agastache” and only know a member of this family by its common name, “Anise Hyssop.” I started growing this plant way back in the late … Continue reading

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Corm Comparison: Ranunculus

It’s time here in Zone 5 to pre-sprout the ranunculus corms. The first batch was soaked and planted in a flat, placed in the dark corner of the basement where it’s cool and will be ignored for at least a … Continue reading

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Top Ten Performers: #2 Lisianthus

I fell in love with lisianthus the first time I saw them! Amazing colors and forms draw the eye, and so very romantic. Many people at quick glance assume they are roses, and they do resemble roses before they fully … Continue reading

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Top 10 Performers in 2022: #1…ZINNIAS!

Today begins a series of posts about the flowers that I found most useful for bouquets during the 2022 growing season. They will appear in the order in which I felt they were most important, which is why I’m beginning … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m still growing food!

With most of my focus on growing flowers for the “Growing Kindness Project” in 2022, and plans to expand it a bit this year, many people have asked if I’m planning to grow any food. That was my main focus … Continue reading

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Before the Tree comes Down

Before the tree comes down on January 6, I enjoy spending time looking at the ornaments and remembering their significance. Some people have a color-coordinated tree, or use new ornaments each year, but our tree ornaments each have a special … Continue reading

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For Good Luck

Just a reminder that old lore says that eating a mince pie each of the twelve days of Christmas will bring one good luck each month of the coming year. I guess I’d better bake more today because all of … Continue reading

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