Natural Areas

Sunrise at the Garden

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Have you ever wondered what the Garden is like when no people are here?  It is not quite a “Night at the Museum” scenario, but pretty close.  Let’s just say I am not at liberty to discuss details.  However, a small group of people got to see the Garden this morning at sunrise and had…

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Dangerous Plants on the Loose

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There is something dangerous in the Garden.  I’m not talking about the gardeners, although I think they are very dangerous too. At least for me they are. I’ve heard they can be nice to people visiting, but I’ve never had that experience with them, so I can only tell you what I know. No the…

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Love and Flowers

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  It is a time when lots of guys try to impress the sweethearts in their lives with flowers and candy.  Of course I think flowers are great, but I am not so sure that decapitating a bunch of roses and handing them to your girlfriend is really all that…

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Snow Daze

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Snow last week.  Snow on the way.  After years of almost no white stuff falling from the sky, the Garden is in a snow daze.  The winter weather is unusual, but not unwelcome as far as I am concerned.  Snow is a pretty good insulator for many plants and it makes the Garden very beautiful. …

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Chillin in the Garden

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Warm enough for ya?  For a couple of weeks now everyone has “enjoyed” the cold weather covering the country.  Hopefully everyone has been able to find some warm spot indoors and generally stay out of the cold.  Unfortunately this is not the case for us garden plants.  We get the privilege of staying outside no…

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Necessary Roughness

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Let me just start by saying I am not a fan of pine trees right now.  As many of you know (and probably experienced) we had a pretty strong nor’easter last week.  The Garden, just like a lot of other places in this region, was hit pretty hard, losing over 40 large trees and quite…

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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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