Perennials

Water Hoarding

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Thanks to hot temperatures and infrequent rains, the gardeners have really had to work hard to keep the plants watered and healthy these last few weeks.  Given our adversarial relationship, normally I would laugh at their misfortune. Instead, since my thirsty roots benefit as much as their targeted plants, I am thankful for all their…

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A Cut Above

Posted by & filed under Annuals, Perennials.

Have you ever done something that you know is such a bad idea or so dangerous it defies common sense, yet you are compelled to try it anyway?  I guess that’s how thrill seekers live much of their life.  Well yesterday I went and did that crazy thing and this week we’ll see how well…

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Supporting Cast

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The butterfly house opens this weekend and there should plenty of fun for anyone interested in spotting these flying masterpieces.  This year the house is filled with a larger variety of butterflies, all native to this region.  There are large ones like the swallowtails.  Six different swallowtails will make an appearance this year – the…

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Shady Characters

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Have you ever noticed most of our theme gardens that feature perennials are in sunny spots?  The Sarah Lee Baker perennial, sensory, butterfly, hummingbird, sunken, fragrance, Matson, border, and colonial gardens as well as the wildflower meadow all enjoy long exposures to that glorious fireball in the sky.  Many of my good friends can be…

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Dangerous Plants on the Loose

Posted by & filed under Natural Areas, Perennials.

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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Running To My Roots

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Spring in the Garden can get very crazy.  Flowers are blossoming, people are coming, lots of things are happening.  That is great for the visitors and the beloved plants, but for those of us who have the misfortune of being labeled a weed, it can get a bit scary.  The gardeners seem to be extra…

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Love and Flowers

Posted by & filed under Formal Gardens, Natural Areas, Perennials, Shrubs.

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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Winter Vacation

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I’m a little tired of winter right now.  What I want is a little tropical vacation.  Of course, I can’t fly south for the winter – TSA would not like the fact that I can’t take any shoes off and all the birds I know that go that way have already left.  So instead, I…

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Mistletoe

Posted by & filed under Perennials, Trees.

I left the hollies right after the dusting of snow on Saturday night.  I like the hollies and all, but sometimes their personalities are a little too prickly for me.  I headed over to the Rose Garden and have been enjoying the sunshine during the day and the lights during the night.  In the evenings,…

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Overlooking Great Fall Color

Posted by & filed under Perennials, Shrubs, Trees.

When people talk about fall color, they think about bright yellows, oranges and reds lighting up grand trees like maples, hickories and oaks.  A visitor to our Garden will certainly see these brilliant trees and many others.  This year, the autumn colors are gradually progressing through the landscape, lighting up a tree here and there. …

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