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March 20, 2017
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Umbrellas and Bees

Plant taxonomists are the scientists who make it their business to classify the world’s flora according to common characteristics.  In the last thirty years or so, DNA has become a major player in this effort.  Now plants that dirt gardeners, … Continue reading

March 6, 2017
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Hellebore Haze

I hate to brag, but my hellebores are glorious.  Little plants that I bought several years ago and installed in my front strip on a wing and a prayer have arrived at maturity.  The gentle, open winter, with few really … Continue reading

January 16, 2017
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Charmelia

I blame my daughter for bringing Charmelia into the house.  We have been trading a nasty cold back and forth for weeks, alternating stages so that one of us always has a congested head and the other a hacking cough.  … Continue reading

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