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December 26, 2016
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Hopeful Signs

I was born an optimist.   I was probably born a gardener, too, though that didn’t manifest itself until after I could walk and talk.  It is in my nature to look for signs of hope, especially in the natural world.  … Continue reading

December 5, 2016
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Persian Cyclamen

CYCLAMEN             Florists’ cyclamen—Cyclamen persicum–are great imposters.  Despite the Latin name, they do not hail from Persia or modern-day Iran.  The flowers look more like orchids than their primrose-family affiliation might suggest, and their leaves, when massed together, look less … Continue reading

October 31, 2016
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Houseplant Re-entry

There is no use trying to avoid it any more—the houseplants are well past the vacation stage and must be brought in.  Night temperatures are descending and even though the geraniums, African violets, plumbago and even the potted Abyssinian glads … Continue reading

August 22, 2016
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Purple Heart

Now that the Olympic Games have focused the international spotlight on Rio de Janeiro, all manner of things Brazilian have reached the collective consciousness.  As I—and the rest of the world—glued myself to the competitive cavalcade of sprinters, gymnasts and … Continue reading