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February 13, 2017
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Cliff Maids

Lewisias are beautiful plants that I include, along with ornamental sweet peas, in my litany of horticultural failure.  A few years ago, I was smitten by a lovely little pink-flowered lewisia that I saw at a plant sale.  I thought … Continue reading

January 30, 2017
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Renard’s Cranesbill

Life is full of dichotomies.  I freely admit to falling madly in love with a different plant every few weeks during the growing season, but I am also remarkably faithful to plants that have served me well over many years.  … Continue reading

January 22, 2017
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The Incense Rose

Rose lovers owe a lot to English breeder, David Austin, who over the past several decades has led a movement among breeders that has re-introduced fragrance into the world of garden roses.  For several decades after World War II, rose … Continue reading

January 16, 2017
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Charmelia

I blame my daughter for bringing Charmelia into the house.  We have been trading a nasty cold back and forth for weeks, alternating stages so that one of us always has a congested head and the other a hacking cough.  … Continue reading