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February 20, 2017
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Hummingbird Attraction

On the garden magic scale, butterflies rank pretty high, but I think hummingbirds stand even higher.  On a normal spring or summer day—provided that your chosen habitat is not a glass office tower—you will probably catch a glimpse of a … Continue reading

February 23, 2015
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Flowering Tobacco

Over the centuries, humans have had a complex relationship with members of the tobacco—Nicotiana—family.  We have praised them, vilified them, smoked some species, distilled others into insecticides and burned still others in various rituals.  One thing is clear.  When it … Continue reading

May 12, 2014
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Granny’s Bonnet

Last week I saw a one-gallon container of old-fashioned double columbines at my neighborhood big box store. This is a sure sign that columbine—aquilegia to horticulturists—has arrived in a big way. The plants, generally short-lived perennials, have been spring harbingers … Continue reading