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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

October 5, 2015
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Bodacious Bougainvillea

I have a friend of the clerical persuasion who is a wonderful gardener. When I say “wonderful”, I don’t mean that his suburban lot looks like Longwood Gardens. I mean that when he sets his mind to growing something well, … Continue reading

February 2, 2015
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Fragrant Primroses

Fragrances and music have a tendency to seep right into your head and stay there.  This past week, as the predicted “snowpocalypse” turned into a “sno-vereaction,” the scent of a particular primrose took up residence in my brain.  Now I … Continue reading

December 9, 2013
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Begonias–A Moment in the Sun

These days plant dealers need specimens that do the following things: look good ninety-eight percent of the time; provide reliable color or interest; perform in part shade; flourish in gardens or containers and require very little care.  Breeders have slaved … Continue reading