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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 17, 2017
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Landscaped by Others

The great American garden writer, Elizabeth Lawrence, famously said, “No one gardens alone.”  The truth of those words shows in my garden every day.  Ninety percent of the landscape and tending falls to me; the rest is done by others.  … Continue reading

June 12, 2017
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Weed or Not?

One of the sad realities of my suburban life is that lawn grass grows best in a single segment of my property—the garden beds.  The green blades struggle in the backyard, perpetual losers in the never-ending competition with ajuga, clover, … Continue reading

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