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This past week of October, 15th-19th, 2012, we’ve had the joy of working on a beautiful horse farm in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania. It is about an hour and a half from my farmhouse in Bucks County, PA and we go home each night to the farmhouse (and to my growers that have been supplying me the past 25 years) after a long, but rewarding day of work. This place is unbelievable!!! It looks like the Bluegrass of Kentucky, but is within a short 30 minutes from Philadelphia. We started with a gorgeous place to begin with, but we thought it needed some structure in the perennial border as some plants took over and others gave way to the more aggressive perennials. The purple flower is the lovely but dangerously poisonous Aconitum or Monkshood The flower looks exactly like a miniature monkshood and has undoubtably been used over the centuries for devilish things. Plant with the knowledge that dogs or children are at risk if they are nibblers.

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