Monthly Archives: December 2012

Snowdrops – Galanthus nivalis

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One of the mainstays of the late winter and early spring garden is the Snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis. This member of the amaryllis family comes out as early in the spring or late winner as the sun will allow often popping into bloom when the temperature is above forty degrees for a couple of days in a row. Snowdrops are often the first sign of Spring in the garden. Continue reading

Lupine – Lupinus species

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The Lupine in one of our Iris beds is in full bloom, and it is indeed magical. While not fragrant like many of the Irises, it is a structural entity in the garden, even when not in bloom. It is also a member of the Pea family, Fabaceae, which makes it useful as a cover crop, as forage and also as a companion plant to be intercropped with cucumbers, squash, broccoli, spinach and others. Continue reading

Lilac – Syringa vulgaris

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Lilacs are one of the most evocative of flowers, probably due to the intoxicating aroma when in bloom. There is truly nothing like a large planting of Lilacs to induce adolescent behavior, including the shedding of garments, throwing of frisbees, playing of hacky-sack and all sorts of other activities. Continue reading