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June 19, 2017
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Hydrangea Hope

Last year we had no blue hydrangea flowers.  A late spring frost decimated the buds of all old-fashioned Hydrangea macrophylla bushes and for most hydrangea lovers in my corner of the northeast, the blooms never came.  Eventually the shrubs bore … Continue reading

June 12, 2017
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Weed or Not?

One of the sad realities of my suburban life is that lawn grass grows best in a single segment of my property—the garden beds.  The green blades struggle in the backyard, perpetual losers in the never-ending competition with ajuga, clover, … Continue reading

June 12, 2017
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Almost a Hummingbird

My daughter, Kate, and I were cruising the aisles of a large, well-stocked garden center last week when we noticed rapid movement in a display of bee balm or monarda.  The garden center was full of butterflies and small birds … Continue reading

June 5, 2017
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Cool Siberians

Late spring is iris time, when iris, from the little crested varieties—Iris cristata—to the tall, buxom, cultivated descendants of German or Iris germanica burst into bloom.  A few miles from my home, the fabulous Presby Iris Garden is a mass … Continue reading