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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

December 5, 2016
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Persian Cyclamen

CYCLAMEN             Florists’ cyclamen—Cyclamen persicum–are great imposters.  Despite the Latin name, they do not hail from Persia or modern-day Iran.  The flowers look more like orchids than their primrose-family affiliation might suggest, and their leaves, when massed together, look less … Continue reading

November 27, 2016
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Rose of May

I was uncommonly late planting my bulbs this year and, in fact, have one small bag of antique-variety tulip bulbs left in the garage.  If they were sentient, they would be wondering if they had been forgotten.  Of course, if … Continue reading

November 21, 2016
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Lavish Lavender

Life has had its ups and downs this past growing season, but in my yard, lavender—Lavendula—has experienced one long “up”.  The fragrant herb grows throughout the mixed borders, but is planted en masse in the bed by the driveway that … Continue reading