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Why are these the ‘Dog Days’ of Summer?

Hint: it’s not dogs lying around in the heat… It turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. Read more


Some Plants will Take the Heat for Us!

Achillea (Yarrow)

Agastache (Anise Hyssop)

Asclepias (Butterfly Flower)

Baptisia (False Indigo)

Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath)

Lamium (Dead Nettle)

Liatrus, (Blazing star)

Nepeta (Catmint)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Phlox (subulata, paniculata)

Rudbeckia (Black eyed Daisy)

Salvia (Perennial Sage)

Sedum (Sedum)

Verbascum (Mullein)

Vinca (Periwinkle) 


Plan ahead for seasonal interest

Lacecap hydrangeas are gorgeous now..

Dogwood berries and vibrant stems will carry you and the birds through the dark days of winter!


Join Broccolo in supporting the Field of Honor at Brighton’s Mercy Center to honor vet, active military, and first responders. September 9th to 11th.   Public invited.  Wander the flag field.  Purchase & dedicate a tribute flag. Proceeds will benefit Mercy Bridges, a ministry of Sisters of Mercy, offering free, one-on-one tutoring to any Rochester adult.  Learn more:  www.mercybridges.org.

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