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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

September 18, 2017
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Ligularia

I have a space in a shady part of the garden where nothing succeeds except hellebores, and a “volunteer” privet shrub that is the offspring of the line of privets that bounds the front of the garden.  This semi-dead zone … Continue reading

September 4, 2017
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Bluebeard

An old French fairy tale recounts the heinous exploits of Blue Beard, a nobleman with an imposing castle and a penchant for murdering his wives.  Outwitted by his final wife and dispatched by members of her family, Blue Beard lived … Continue reading

July 17, 2017
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Landscaped by Others

The great American garden writer, Elizabeth Lawrence, famously said, “No one gardens alone.”  The truth of those words shows in my garden every day.  Ninety percent of the landscape and tending falls to me; the rest is done by others.  … Continue reading