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June 13, 2016
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Barnhaven Primroses

Now that summer is almost here, my garden is witnessing the last of the peonies, the glorious middle of bloom time for the roses and the beginnings of the great lily fanfare, all simultaneously.  For once, the flowering of property … Continue reading

June 6, 2016
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Peony Mystery

Like much of the rest of the world, I love garden peonies—Paeonia lactiflora–for their lush, unabashedly sumptuous flowers and gorgeous colors.  A single bloom in a tall bottle constitutes an elegant arrangement. Snip a handful of stems and you can … Continue reading

June 1, 2015
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Mourning Widow

I last thought seriously about Geranium phaeum, aka “the mourning widow,” about six years ago.  I was in the first throes of a serious love affair with all kinds of hardy geraniums and was swept off my feet by the … Continue reading