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May 22, 2017
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Jacob’s Ladder

The English are masters of gardening and garden writing, but they tend towards dramatic understatement.  The Royal Horticultural Society, for example, described perennial polemonium as a plant that “often seeds itself around rather freely.”  Generally a statement like that means … Continue reading

May 9, 2017
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Paths

For millennia gardens and gardening have been used as metaphors for life.  English author Edith Pargeter, who wrote under the name Ellis Peters, created a many-volume series from that metaphor when she wrote her Brother Cadfael mystery books.  Her sleuth/protagonist, … Continue reading

May 1, 2017
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Celandine Poppies

The proverb says, “Be careful what you wish for.”  For years I wished for more poppies—Papaver– in my garden.  The crepe paper flowers are so bright and cheerful, the ferny foliage adds interest even after the flowers have faded and … Continue reading