The Gardener's Apprentice

August 4, 2014
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Beautiful Balloons

Lately the balloon flower—Platycodon grandiflorus—has been stalking me. As I wander through garden centers in search of mid-summer bargains, the inflated buds pop out from the pallets. A neighbor’s border overflows with a blue-flowered variety. Last week, on a visit … Continue reading

January 13, 2014
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Digiplexis

My husband used to get alarmed by the detailed plant lists that I make at this time of the year.  It’s no wonder, really.  Lengthy, detailed and involving huge expenditures, the lists are a two-dimensional harbinger of bankruptcy.  I compile … Continue reading