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December 26, 2017
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Amaryllis Redux

Nine chances out of ten, if you are reading this, you have an amaryllis in the house.  Maybe it arrived ready to bloom just before the December holidays.  If so, you may still be enjoying the last of the bright … Continue reading

December 19, 2017
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General Kohler

Somewhere out in my yard, General Köhler lies sleeping peacefully under a light blanket of snow.  I expect he is snoring, or would be, if he were not a hyacinth bulb waiting for the earth to warm up next spring. … Continue reading

December 10, 2017
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Oregon Grape Holly

When you think about the intelligent, courageous and, inevitably, flawed people who founded our country, a host of names come to mind.  Bernard McMahon’s is not among them.  However, McMahon—1775-1816—knew or corresponded with many of the political and horticultural notables … Continue reading

December 3, 2017
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Proudly Polka-Dotted

Madagascar is an island nation off the south coast of Africa with unique climates and topography.  It is probably best known for vanilla beans and lemurs, with the lemurs taking the prize for visibility ever since their cinematic star turns … Continue reading