Gingerbread Snowflakes Recovered From Tech-flu!


So sorry! Gingerbread Snowflakes has been a bit wonky the last few days as my web host has been updating the server and things happened! Imagine that!

Some of you have written to let me know you were unable to leave comments. That has been straightened out now!

Even my e-mail has been wonky,,,,,,,,,,, like I haven't been getting any - including regular newsletters. So if you have sent me anything in the past few days - and you haven't heard from me - you might want to resend.

And while I have your attention! Does anybody know what this lovely plant is called?

My neighbor rescued it from the plant nursery "dump pile" several years ago and she doesn't know what it is. It is a certainty that searching for "pretty, furry, lace leaf plant" is going to get me nothing I want to know!! :-)


If you garden, I highly recommend this plant! Especially if you enjoy having fresh bouquets around you!

These stems were cut on November 1 and placed next to my vase of faux pepper berries! I loved how they looked together. Very wintery. And they are still this beautiful!

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me about the identity of this plant!

Back soon with my regularly scheduled programming!

Update: January 12th

Wow! Thank you everyone for trying to help me identify my plant.

Dusty miller

Dusty Miller taken by Kibbles

It seemed for some time that what I had might be Dusty Miller. But I have been concerned about the "annual" nature of Dusty Miller. My plant has survived some very nasty winters. And it never, in ten years has ever bloomed.


Artemesia by Bart Everson - Editor B - courtesy Getty Images

But this morning Suzanne suggested I look up Artemesia.

Artemesia is a perennial and apparently does not flower and the plant gets larger every year - all qualities of the mystery plant growing in the garden.

Everyone has been so kind to try to help out! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

HA! I just now noticed that

HA! I just now noticed that you found out what it is!

I don't know about Artemisia until now. But any plant named after the Goddess of the hunt has GOT to have stories!

Or, is she Goddess of the bow and arrow? Goddess of the deer? Goddess of one-shouldered dresses?

Well, anyway, I'll have to check it out.

I think that plant is dusty

I think that plant is dusty miller. We see it on trails here in so. cal all the time and it's one of my favorite sightings! A whole bed of it is a sight be behold.

Pam, You might try looking

Pam, You might try looking up Artemesia. It looks alot like Dusty Miller, but usually grows larger, airer and with smaller leaves. Before relocating I had one in Ohio, and it would survive the winter getting bigger every year, but the Dusty Miller would usually die.
I just discovered your site--what a great after Christmas gift to me! Thank You!

Thank you Suzanne!  I think

Thank you Suzanne!  I think you might be on to something!  Wow!  The two plants look so similar. 

I updated the post with images of both Dusty Miller and Artemesia.  I am amazed at how much they look alike.

Definitely Dusty Miller....I

Definitely Dusty Miller....I plant it every summer here in Wisconsin! :o)

Pam, The plant is diffinetly


The plant is diffinetly dusty Miller because everyone around here in Western PA grows it. Believe it or not this is one plant I don't like. It looks good come Halloween but other than that... BUT I must admit it does look very attractive in your arrangement.


Glad to see everything is

Glad to see everything is back on track.

Welcome back Pam! I thought I

Welcome back Pam! I thought I was going crazy there for awhile. That's a very pretty plant, glad you found out the name.

I love that plant too but I

I love that plant too but I never learned the name. Good to know it's Dusty Miller! :)

Or it could be a variety of

Or it could be a variety of "Lambs Ear". Most Dusty Millers are annuals--at least in my part of the country~ :-)

Thank you June!  I looked up

Thank you June!  I looked up Lambs Ears and although the "furry" surface of the leaves is similar, the growth habits seem quite different.  I am thinking Dusty Miller.  Some varieties actually are perennials, and ours definitely dies back in mid winter and reappears in the late spring.

Mine looks beautiful because the stems I picked in November have not been outside during a freeze.  I am just so surprised to find that it has such amazing lasting power in a vase of water!

The lacey leaf structure and the grey/silver color - beautiful for winter arrangements.

I believe that plant is

I believe that plant is called Dusty Miller . . .

Thank you Mary!  Wow!  I

Thank you Mary!  Wow!  I think you must be right!  I googled Dusty Miller and found about 200,000 "cousins"!