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August 7, 2017
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Of Monarchs and Milkweed

  Monarch butterflies, known to their scientific friends as Danaus plexippus, abound this year—at least in the areas I frequent.  Even though they are considered relatively common, I see them as miraculous.  Backlit by bright midsummer sun, monarchs’ orange, black … Continue reading

July 24, 2017
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Spiders Everywhere

Not long ago I went to Grace Gardens, in Geneva, NY, a magical daylily garden and nursery.  It was early July, just before peak daylily bloom, but thousands of blossoms were already open for business.  The array of colors and … Continue reading

July 25, 2016
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Beautiful Balloons

Balloons lift spirits just about any time. On hot, mid-summer days, balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) provide equal elevating power. Right now in my garden, both blue and white varieties are covered with the puffed, rounded buds that give the plants … Continue reading

August 12, 2013
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Cardinals and Thistles

I am being stalked by cardinal flower—Lobelia cardinalis.  Otherwise known as red lobelia, the plant is tall and handsome, rising just shy of three feet and producing brilliant red flower spikes in mid to late summer.  The flowers are so … Continue reading