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A Pomegranate Blossoms in Maryland

For Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, let me introduce you to my dwarf pomegranate, Punica granatum ‘Nana’.  I got it about three years ago and since then have been dutifully putting it on the deck every summer, repotting into larger pots,…

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Salsify, in bloom and for dinner

Okay, if I hadn’t just given it away in the headline, would you know what this flower is? Along with okra, salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) goes under the category of Prettier Flowers Than You Thought Vegetables Had.  This particular one also…

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Veggies plus flowers–always!

I don’t think “vegetable garden” without also thinking “flowers.” I suspect that’s because when I was a kid, just about every gardener planted some flowers in the family veggie garden. Carl and Mary Rau, our next-door neighbors in the 1940s…

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Flowers not doing their job

The photo of scarlet runner beans (by MG Katherine Lambert) is to appease those who might be visiting for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day expecting to see, you know, blooms. Please visit May Dreams Gardens for lots and lots of beautiful…

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Sex lives of squashes?

Barbara Damrosch scores again in her “A Cook’s Garden” column in today’s Washington Post. Column title: “The sex lives of squashes? Relax, it’s just lunch!” Damrosch suggest you concentrate your culinary efforts by cutting primarily male blossoms. And then she…

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Sunflowers!

Sunflowers are a fun addition to the garden. Here are reasons everyone should grow them. Beauty – Sunflowers are beautiful. When the Illinois Blacksmith John Deere was choosing colors for his new plow, I bet he was looking at a…

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Veggie garden bloggers’ bloom day!

Here’s some of what’s in bloom in the vegetable beds at the Derwood Demo Garden today: Butternut squash and its relative, luffa: My favorite vegetable flower of all, okra: This is Star of David okra, and I’m looking forward to…

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