Shrubs

Earth Kind Roses

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Hybrid tea roses are the darling of avid rosarians because of their spectacular blooms, rich, deep green foliage and repeat blooming qualities.  At the same time, they are the bane of the casual home gardener who sees them as a maintenance nightmare requiring a rigorous regimen of watering, fertilization and pesticide application. Rose beauty and…

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Twas the Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Garden All the lights were blazin’ and the cars were a-comin’; The stockings were hung by the camellias with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The plants were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of compost danced in their heads;…

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Spring Odyssey

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There are two types of people who visit the Garden… Wait, that sounds like the start of a bad joke. People come to the Garden for many different reasons, but generally people come with a specific purpose in mind or they come to wander around and see what’s here. In other words, for some folks…

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Barking up the wrong tree

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Every January, it gets very quiet in the Garden. Few visitors come and brave the cold weather. I am pretty certain that many people also have the mindset that “there is nothing to see.” It’s winter, all the plants are asleep. Or so most people think. Certainly this is not the season for over-the-top floral…

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Showing Their True Colors

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Everyone likes to make a good impression.  When we meet someone, they make an effort to “put their best foot forward” and only after you have been with them a while do you really get to know them. Some plants are the same way. Take the weeping cherry, for example. Most people are introduced to…

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Forbidden Gardens

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By Dandy Lion As the days start to shorten, plenty of plants are telling us that fall is here.  Ornamental grasses explode like fireworks, berries ripen for the birds, sasanqua camellias begin to bloom and mums create vibrant mounds in the Garden.  Actually a chrysanthemum’s bloom date is not determined by cool weather or a…

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Magical Plants

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Well the summer heat was turned on last week, so I decided to do my best magic trick by disappearing into the shade.  I’m not very good at magic, so I decided it is time to learn from the masters. I headed for the Hydrangea Garden.  Besides, it’s pretty shady there which always helps me…

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The Sweet Spot

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I think I’ve found a pretty good spot to hide from the gardeners.  It is a little counterintuitive because I am hiding in the Garden’s most popular spot at the moment – the Bicentennial Rose Garden.  Why?  Because most people are dazzled by the overwhelming rainbow of colors that is about waist high.  Why should…

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Which Hazel

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Have you ever had that problem where you look at someone and you know their face, but you can’t remember their name?  It happened to me the other day.  Not with a person, but with a plant.  It’s quite embarrassing.  Of course, with plants I have a better excuse than those of you who forget…

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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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