Natural Areas

Scary Times in the Garden

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Halloween is less than a week away and quite a few plants are ready.  Let’s go on a whirlwind tour of the Garden and finds some scary plants. First there are the plants that have creepy names – or at least evoke a creepy feeling.Spiderwort – This spring bloomer has pretty little flowers and long…

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The Perfect Spot

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Shiny coneflower I have spent the last couple of months hiding in the perfect spot.  When things are going so well, you don’t want to jinx it so I’ve kept my mouth shut and not written a blog.  Besides, when I am in paradise, writing is the last thing on my mind. Of course of…

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Glory Hounds

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We are in the middle of April and the crowds are finally here.  LOTS of people came to the Garden this past weekend.  The parade of people continues, with only the occasional downpour chasing them away temporarily.  They all come to enjoy the spring weather, the beautiful flowers and probably those fuzzy eaglets way up…

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Stand Up For The Little Guys

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I don’t know if today’s April shower will bring May flowers, but the April flowers are certainly here.  The Garden is exploding with color everywhere.  On nice days, like this past weekend, lots of people have decided to come enjoy the floral show.   As you may know, I’ve been in the arboretum.  In the…

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The Ides of March

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“Beware the Ides of March” So the soothsayer warned Julius Caesar and that gloomy forecast went well with today – at least as far as the weather was concerned.  A cold soggy gray day kept most folks away and the Garden was left mostly to us plants.  The quiet is a nice respite – I…

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Naked Beauty

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Signs of spring are here, but winter has not released its hold yet.  Mild days intermingle with cold days and it is easy to see why people can get sick in the changing weather.  Fortunately I don’t have sinuses so that’s not a worry for me, but the gardeners sure are.  They seem to be…

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A Trip to Japan

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Today is a lovely rainy day.  The Garden is quiet with only a handful of visitors enjoying the damp envrions.  I have spent the last few days in the Japanese Garden.   This is a great place to avoid gardeners at this time of year.  Some are busy setting up lights and displays all over…

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Fall Foliage – Finally!

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Fall came to the Garden this week.  Yes, we’ve had some cooler weather for a while and a few trees here and there had some leaves turning color, but the autumn season seemed a little lackluster.  Then, with all the cool damp weather this past week, the color started coming out on the trees.  I…

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A Berry Beautiful Garden

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After I dried out from all the wetness of last week, I moved to the Matson Garden.  It’s only a short walk for most people and the journey is not that bad for me as well.  I’m not going to tell you how I move, because you might tell a gardener and then ruin my…

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Kaleidoscopes

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I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in the Butterfly Garden and the Wildflower Meadow.  Like a kaleidoscope, wherever you turn you will see a variety of beautiful colors in an ever changing pattern.  Zinnias in shades of pink, red, yellow and orange; Pentas in white, lavender and red; purple gomphrena; deep orange firecracker plant;…

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