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Plants Kind of Like Children

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My name is Carolyn Berube, and I live in Westport, Massachusetts, near the ocean. When the wind is out of the north I’m in Zone 6b, and when the wind is out of the south I’m in Zone 7. I’ve been gardening on this property for 19 years, growing mostly perennials and shrubs. I take hundreds of pictures of my plants as if they were my kids—which they kind of are!

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’An old variety of bearded iris I’ve been carrying around, with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (Zones 4–9) in back.

sanguisorbaThis sanguisorba (Sanguisorba officinalis, Zones 4–8) blooms in early summer. The goldfinches love the seeds!

Peony ‘Cream Puff’Peony ‘Cream Puff’ and oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Zones 3–9).

Siberian iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’Siberian iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’ (Iris siberica ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Zones 3–8)

Allium schoenoprasumNobody but me seems to love chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zones 4–8) for their shape in the late spring. This is a pink variety called ‘Foresgate’.


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    treasuresmom 04/07/2020

    Love that peony!

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    meander_michaele 04/07/2020

    I seem to share your nurturing fondness for many of the same plants. It's hard not to love the tried and trues like Siberian iris, peonies and, yes, the small ornamental garlics. Your property looks lovely and spacious...lots of room for indulging in adding new favorites.

  3. Maggieat11 04/07/2020

    I enjoyed your photos! And am noticing some nice rock work in your photos as well! Would love to see more photos including how your gardens sit in your property and more of the lovely rocks! Those peonies are gorgeous, paired with the daisies!

  4. coastalgardener 04/07/2020

    I'm also a big fan of the peonies and Siberian irises you grow, especially the single peonies that continue to stand upright even after a torrential downpour. Yours is a real beauty. I had never seen sanguisorba before, but love its color and the fact that its seeds are a favorite of goldfinches. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  5. cheryl_c 04/07/2020

    My goodness, your children play so well together! Not only the iris and nepeta, but in the photo with the peony and leucanthemum I see a shy little petunia the same color as the outer petals of the peony, and a red grass the same color as the peony's stems! Amazing combinations. Please send more pictures.

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    bdowen 04/07/2020

    More info about sanguisorba? Looking for more plants that feed the birds that come to our yard. Love your photos, esp. the blue/yellow iris and peony. I agree with others- would love to see more photos.

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    simplesue 04/07/2020

    Beautiful plants, so healthy. I had no idea that part of MA was 6b to 7 zone! It's so nice when the Goldfinch's enjoy seeds. Thanks for sharing.

  8. user-5117752 04/07/2020

    Those stone/rock walls!!! Love your pics and combinations but that sanguisorba was my favorite. I don't think I've ever seen that in any of the nurseries I go to. I want some!

  9. Icgirl 04/07/2020

    I hope this is how to respond to all your comments..not real tech-savvy. I garden on a 2.9 acre property. The sanquisorba obtusa I’ve had for a very long time and have not seen it at any nursery. There is a S. tenuifolia that blooms in the late summer/fall that the pollinators love as well, though it self seeds quite a bit. Nevertheless it is a fine plant for cutting for arrangements. I tend to be a collector- the peony is one of eighteen. Will send more pics. Thanks for your comments. Carolyn

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