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August 14, 2017
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Wild Bee Balm

Bumblebees, those ace pollinators in the fuzzy yellow and black suits, are very fashionable at the moment.  And since they are fashionable, the plants that attract them are also extremely popular.  I thought of that as I returned from vacation … Continue reading

August 7, 2017
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Of Monarchs and Milkweed

  Monarch butterflies, known to their scientific friends as Danaus plexippus, abound this year—at least in the areas I frequent.  Even though they are considered relatively common, I see them as miraculous.  Backlit by bright midsummer sun, monarchs’ orange, black … Continue reading

August 7, 2017
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We Still Call It Coleus

If you happen to be a flashy individual who changes your name every few years and carries on colorfully in public places, you might be called a “performance artist”, or possibly something even more descriptive.  If you were to morph … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
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Spiders Everywhere

Not long ago I went to Grace Gardens, in Geneva, NY, a magical daylily garden and nursery.  It was early July, just before peak daylily bloom, but thousands of blossoms were already open for business.  The array of colors and … Continue reading