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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

July 25, 2016
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Beautiful Balloons

Balloons lift spirits just about any time. On hot, mid-summer days, balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) provide equal elevating power. Right now in my garden, both blue and white varieties are covered with the puffed, rounded buds that give the plants … Continue reading

July 11, 2016
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Cornflower Blue

The other day I was out for a walk in my neighborhood when I saw a pair of goldfinches flitting through a bed of blue cornflowers.  Backlit by the summer sun, the male goldfinch was clad in his bright yellow … Continue reading

November 16, 2015
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Camassia Comes Into Its Own

When Europeans first came to America, they found a wealth of exciting plants. Some of the more botanically-inclined settlers harvested a vast array of seeds, bulbs and cuttings and shipped them back to Europe. Their European friends and correspondents were … Continue reading