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December 19, 2017
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General Kohler

Somewhere out in my yard, General Köhler lies sleeping peacefully under a light blanket of snow.  I expect he is snoring, or would be, if he were not a hyacinth bulb waiting for the earth to warm up next spring. … Continue reading

September 26, 2012
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By Any Other Name

I love Latin plant names.  They are elegant and beautiful and often redolent of history and mythology.  Most important, the Latin names represent a common language used by plant lovers all over the world. But my love affair with Latin … Continue reading

September 16, 2012
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‘Dodo Hanbury Forbes’ Phlox

I have spent part of a fall weekend hot on the trail of a woman named “Dodo Hanbury Forbes.”  The quest began when I unpacked Ms. Forbes’ namesake plant, a tall, pink-flowered Phlox paniculata.  The phlox was hale and hearty … Continue reading