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January 9, 2017
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Botanicum

One of the great joys of gardening and writing about plants is amassing a collection of books.  These days, you might argue that everything is available online, via e–books or other electronic means.  That may be so, but it would … Continue reading

January 3, 2017
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Cosmic Blooms

In light of 2016’s many significant events, you may not have noticed that it was the “Year of the Cosmos”.  But noticed or unnoticed, Fleuroselect, the Netherlands-based horticulture trade group, decreed that last year, cosmos were the brightest stars in … Continue reading

December 26, 2016
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Hopeful Signs

I was born an optimist.   I was probably born a gardener, too, though that didn’t manifest itself until after I could walk and talk.  It is in my nature to look for signs of hope, especially in the natural world.  … Continue reading

December 19, 2016
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Heavenly Bamboo

My friend, the ace flower arranger, made a flamboyant holiday arrangement the other day featuring a fountain-like array of crystal vessels festooned with an extravagant amount of red-berried nandina.  The whole thing turned out to be a bit over-the-top for … Continue reading