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[ Sedum (Hylotelephium telephium subsp. telephium 'Bon Bon') | Posted on May 19, 2019 ]

This sedum blooms earlier than most - midsummer. The foliage will lose its deep purple color in rich soil, so avoid fertilizing if possible.

[ Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Immortality') | Posted on March 16, 2019 ]

This pure white, tall iris is beautiful, but it flops in my garden. I've never had an iris that needed staking before, and there are way too many other chores to do, beside the fact that an iris with a stake is just not a good look. I moved it from prime real estate to the 'wild zone'. It is very tall and is good for cut flowers if you catch them before they fall down.

[ Common Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) | Posted on March 2, 2019 ]

Some years we get tons of apples, other years, not so much. The wildlife love them - both the deer and a variety of birds, especially all the different woodpeckers. The fragrance is intoxicating when in bloom, and I love to set up my 'potting up' project in the shade of this tree in the spring. The white flowers brighten up the whole area.

[ Peony (Paeonia x suffruticosa 'Lavender Grace') | Posted on February 14, 2019 ]

Formerly 'Lavender Lace'.

[ Chinese Licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) | Posted on February 8, 2019 ]

In China the root is widely used as a detoxifier, and is often mixed in with other herbal remedies. Other claimed benefits: anti-inflammatory, antioxident, antibacterial, antiviral, digestive support. Has been used in cough medicines as an expectorant and in cold and flu preparations.

Side effects may include raised blood pressure, water retention, and low potassium levels. If you are thinking about consuming the roots of this plant, you should research it before doing so, especially if you have high blood pressure or heart disease.

There are a host of other herbal/medicinal uses for this root as well as additional side effects.

[ Peony (Paeonia 'Golden Angel') | Posted on February 7, 2019 ]

This single white peony has foliage that emerges bright yellow, with reddish blush, in striking contrast to the red stems. It deepens to a golden-yellow and by July, it matures to light green with yellow undertones.

[ Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Beautiful Senorita') | Posted on February 6, 2019 ]

Formerly 'Senorita' (1999)

[ Garden Onion (Allium cepa 'Red River F1') | Posted on February 3, 2019 ]

These are my go-to red onions. They have proven to be the best keepers for me, lasting for several months without getting bitter or sprouting, if cured properly. We still have a bunch now in February, in great shape, that were harvested in September.The flavor is mild and sweeter than many reds I've grown in the past. They don't get as large as some varieties we've grown, but are a great onion to use in cooking or to eat raw.

[ Ash-Leaved Maple (Acer negundo 'Flamingo') | Posted on January 9, 2019 ]

In the spring, the leaves are dappled with a pretty shade of pink, which looks lovely next to the green and white. In the fall, mine always seems to have a few branches that hold their variegation while the rest of the tree turns gold, which is quite eye-catching. I prune out any branches that try to be solid green - fancy dress only allowed.

[ Full Moon Maple (Acer japonicum 'Maiku Jaku') | Posted on January 8, 2019 ]

This is a relative of the Japanese Maples that is hardier in cold climates, and less prone to leaf scorch. In warmer areas it will appreciate some shade from the afternoon sun. Prefers moist, well-drained soil that does not dry out too much. The leaves are deeply divided and larger and fuller than most Japanese Maples - up to 6 inches across. It boasts stunning fall colors of red and yellow that some compare to the Sugar Maple. The bark is smooth, turning rougher with age.

[ Lavender Mist Meadow Rue (Thalictrum rochebrunianum) | Posted on January 1, 2019 ]

This meadow rue gets very tall. I had it growing side by side with another meadow rue, and it towered over the other one. It has pretty flowers, but was short-lived for me and the other, shorter one is going strong.

[ Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo 'Green Tiger') | Posted on December 8, 2018 ]

This is an attractive and tasty squash with a little bit of a nutty flavor. The plants are open and fairly compact, which makes it easier to keep track of the fruit. The fruit is smaller than most zucchini, and takes much longer to get away from you. I haven't had nearly as many giant zukes from this plant. They keep putting out as long as I keep picking.

[ Hot Pepper (Capsicum anuum 'Red Hot Cherry') | Posted on December 2, 2018 ]

I planted one plant this year and it produced enough attractive red cherry peppers to pickle up in 2 pint jars. I just did them in the frig instead of canning. They were nice and crisp, hot, with a touch of sweet. I really like them.

[ Bell Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Golden Calwonder') | Posted on November 19, 2018 ]

This was the best performing bell pepper in my 2018 garden. It really stood out in a year of weak harvest for my bells. It had the most peppers, and they were by far the largest, thick-walled peppers out of about 4 different varieties. They were sweet and a gorgeous yellow to deep gold color. They kept well for quite a while. I will look for these again.

[ Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Tiburon') | Posted on November 18, 2018 ]

We had great luck with these. We bought large starts and were making chile rellenos by the end of July. They are nice, thick-walled Poblano peppers and produced well for us over a decent period of time. A tasty, mild pepper. 2,000 Scovilles. Or you can let them turn red, dry them out, and grind up into Ancho spice. (I've never tried that.)

[ Anaheim Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Numex Big Jim') | Posted on November 18, 2018 ]

The seed packet says these will grow up to 12 inches long and are medium hot. Supposed to be perfect for chiles rellenos. We grew these for the first time this year and our tags all got pulled out or buried by the critters, so we didn't know what was what with some of these plants. Ours didn't come anywhere near that size, and not knowing what they were at the time, we chopped them up and put them in our salsa. I think I'll try them again and hope they do get huge for chiles rellenos!

[ Cucumber (Cucumis sativus 'Burpless') | Posted on November 18, 2018 ]

We supplemented our seed-grown cukes with a couple purchased starts of this variety. They produced well for us and did not get bitter, even when we let them get a bit too big. I would grow these again.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Bloody Butcher') | Posted on November 18, 2018 ]

I grew these one year from a purchased start. They did really well for me - nice sized, firm fruits with great flavor. I would love to grow them again but I never remember to look for the seeds as my usual source doesn't carry this one.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Anna Russian') | Posted on November 18, 2018 ]

I grew these one year when I was unable to find the Cluster Grande seeds that I usually grow for a smaller, firm salad tomato. These didn't do it for me. The shape was odd and made it hard to slice, the fruit was really small, and the taste was unremarkable. I won't grow them again.

[ Habanero (Capsicum sinense 'Hot Paper Lantern') | Posted on November 16, 2018 ]

We bought starts for these after the habaneros I started from seed were a fail. These did well for us and produced better than any habaneros we've planted before. We got a generous harvest of nice sized peppers that came ripe early. We made a few jars of delicious hot sauce out of them!

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