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September 11, 2017
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Looks Like Hops

People generally ignore trees.  This is because most of the time trees quietly present us with gifts like shade, cleaner air, erosion protection and beauty while asking little in return.  On the rare occasions when trees break the surface of … Continue reading

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

October 3, 2016
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Butterfly Farewell

The night temperatures are growing cold enough so that last week I turned the heat on in my house for the first time since spring.  The plants have caught a whiff of the oncoming season, but most of them are … Continue reading

September 14, 2016
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Goldfinch Gardening

My father used to call them “salad birds”.  Reference guides refer to them as Spinus tristus.  Most of us know the bright, acrobatic birds as goldfinches.  Though they look as colorful as parakeets, guidebook authors sometimes damn these songbirds with … Continue reading