Vinca

COMMON NAME:  vinca GENUS:  Vinca SPECIES:  V. major, V. minor; both perennial FAMILY:  Apocynaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Perennial vinca is a fast-spreading vine with blue flowers. V. major is a more vigorous grower and has larger leaves and flowers. The annual bedding plant vinca {actually Catharanthus roseus} has attractive five-petaled white and pink-to-red flowers … Continue reading Vinca

Tulip

COMMON NAME:  tulip GENUS:  Tulipa SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: The most commonly used hybrid tulips are Darwin, Darwin hybrid, cottage, breeder, multi-flowered, and lily flowered. Popular species tulips include T. kaufmanniana, T. fosteriana, T. praeslaus, T. greigil, T. kolpakowskiana, and T. pulchella. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Though there is tremendous variation in … Continue reading Tulip

Peony

COMMON NAME:  peony GENUS:  Paeonia SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: P. lactiflora {Chinese peony}-many hybrids; single or double. P. suffruticosa {TREE PEONY}-shrub; does not die back in winter. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Peony greets spring with offerings of very large, beautiful blossoms in pinks, white, and shades of red. The foliage is neat and … Continue reading Peony

Moving Out After Living with an Abuser

No one deserves to be abused.  If you are reading this page, you have likely already taken steps to end the abusive relationship.  Unfortunately, the risk of danger does not always end after you've left an abuser.  Ending an abusive relationship comes with a different set of dangers, and you still need to take steps … Continue reading Moving Out After Living with an Abuser