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Gardeners, gardening, Gardening Podcast, gardening tips, horticulture, how to garden, natchez glen, Natchez Glen House -

When I started growing plants I didn't know what plants would do well and I didn't even truly know what plants I liked. I treasured that not knowing, and still do. I turned it from not knowing to wondering. Wondering what else I could grow, wondering what would look good here or there in the garden, and most of all wondering what comes next in the garden. 

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Aster, Austin Eischeid, gardening, natchez glen, Natchez Glen House, Paul Picton, Symphiotrichum -

One of the differences here is looking at a garden as a collection of plants rather than as individuals. As bold and beautiful as flowers like Dahlias and Peonies are in a garden by themselves, they will never truly sing. Surrounded by other talented musicians, they are lifted to new heights that they would not have reached on their own. 

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David Austin Roses, Difficult plants, how to garden, how to grow plants, natchez glen, Natchez Glen House, roses -

Roses are not difficult at all. They are as Michael said "tough as old boots". What does happen is we generalize roses as if they are all the same. There are over 350 species of roses and tens of thousands of cultivated varieties. Many of those roses need different climates or soils to do their best. If you give them close to what they want they thrive and reward you with blooms.

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How to grow peonies, Paeonia lactiflora, Peonies, when to fertilize peonies -

There is no plant here at Natchez Glen that I have a more complicated relationship with than Paeonia, the peony. I love that moment in spring where their goblet-shaped flowers develop and grab attention from all the other plants. I hate when that moment is over. And in warm climates in can, in fact, be only a moment. They do very little the rest of the year. So the question becomes, is it worth it? The answer is yes, no, and it depends. 

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Anemone, Anemone coronaria, Anemone sylvestris, Anemone Wild Swan, gardening -

Here we have a huge group with plants in it that grow and behave totally different from each other. Which illustrates why it's so important to know the stories of the plants we grow. I'm going to focus on some of my favorite Anemones but keep in mind this is a huge family of plants to discover.  

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