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November 13, 2017
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Striped Crocus

You might think that after thousands of years of coming up too soon and getting frozen, the crocus family would have had a little sense knocked into it. The words of twentieth century writer and humorist Robert Benchley make me … Continue reading

November 7, 2017
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Tulips on Trees

Thomas Jefferson was President of the United States when he wrote, “Altho’ the times are big with political events, yet I shall say nothing on that or any subject but the innocent ones of botany and friendship.” Jefferson kept to … Continue reading

October 30, 2017
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Grant Mitsch

If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is a good time to plant your daffodils and other spring bulbs.  The ones I ordered still await my tender ministrations and I hope to get them all into the ground this … Continue reading

October 23, 2017
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October’s End

When I am alone in my garden in late October I often think about music, especially Ralph Vaughn Williams’ elegiac settings of English folk tunes.  My favorite is the haunting “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” because the musical images just seem right … Continue reading