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January 22, 2018
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Hansen’s Hellebores

Today I made a foray into the semi-snowy wasteland that is my back garden to see if I could find any hellebore buds.  Recent snowfall has covered the big Christmas rose—Helleborus niger—with a white blanket.  I scratched through it, but … Continue reading

January 15, 2018
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Book Review—The Rose

The rose is the Mona Lisa of the plant world.  For millennia, humans have coveted them, grown them, celebrated them in every art form and sought out new forms and varieties.  Some of us, especially those who have to do … Continue reading

January 9, 2018
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Spring Preview

Count on January to deliver uncertain winter weather, post-holiday doldrums and the bills for December extravagance.  It also brings the moment gardeners have been waiting for—a chance to sit down with catalogs and websites and plan for the coming growing … Continue reading

January 1, 2018
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Primulina

The other day I felt the familiar pangs of plant love at first sight.  This has happened often over the years because I have a fickle heart and endless curiosity about beautiful and unfamiliar plants.  Most of the time these … Continue reading