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August 14, 2017
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Wild Bee Balm

Bumblebees, those ace pollinators in the fuzzy yellow and black suits, are very fashionable at the moment.  And since they are fashionable, the plants that attract them are also extremely popular.  I thought of that as I returned from vacation … Continue reading

April 3, 2017
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Pulmonaria

Every five or ten years the horticultural world goes through a vogue for patterned leaves.  Everything old is new again as gardeners snap up some of the flashier hostas, variegated weigelas, Japanese painted ferns and all manner of plants with … Continue reading

March 20, 2017
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Fernleaf Lavender

Surfacing at the end of winter like a horticultural life raft, the week-long Philadelphia Flower Show is salvation for gardeners grown weary of cold weather.  The Philadelphia Convention Center, a cavernous place, is filled with flowers and plants, from tulips … 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