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July 27, 2015
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Messy, Messy

I love my cottage-style garden, with its masses of flowers and greenery.  At my place, the garden has plenty of classical elements including brick paths, hedges and stone walls, but the plants rule the roost. The flip side of all … Continue reading

May 18, 2015
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Hearts on Fire

Bleeding heart—Lamprocapnos spectabilis–has shed seeds, if not blood, all over my garden.  I probably planted the first one deliberately ten years ago, though I have no memory of doing so.  Now, they are everywhere.  Normally those words would constitute the … 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

May 13, 2013
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Impatiens Plague

The print and online worlds are awash in a sea of discussion about impatiens.  For those of you who have been out in the garden or otherwise not paying attention, Impatiens walleriana, the bright, shade-loving bedding annuals, are suffering from … Continue reading