Trees

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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Hiding in Plain Sight

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It’s another glorious weekend and I’ve been enjoying the conifer garden – hiding in plain sight.  It’s a little odd for me to be here since I have so little in common with all the conifers. I flower, they don’t.  They are wind pollinated, I need bees (and bees need me – don’t forget that). …

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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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What’s in a Name

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I was in the arboretum yesterday and I ran into some old friends who are blooming very nicely.  One is the crape myrtle and the other is the loblolly bay.  While I was visiting with them I noticed these plants are both named for people (that is – the Latin name), while the common name…

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Shining in the Sun

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I’m wearing my green today, are you?  Of course I wear green everyday.  Today I am sitting in the wildflower meadow, near the end of NATO vista.  The meadow was mowed down a few weeks ago so I don’t think any gardener is going to come looking for me here.  With all the grasses and…

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Leap Day

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Today is leap day – an extra day in the year for me to enjoy the garden.  The weather has gotten a little colder lately, but the plants don’t seem to mind.  I have been popping up all over the garden this last week, because there has been much to see.  I spent some time…

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The Color of the Garden

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Today is a wonderful cold rainy day.  I love being in the Garden on a day like this and it’s a shame that so few people will enjoy it.  Cold wet weather means most people who visit the Garden today are coming for a meeting or a class inside a building.  They will dash from…

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Tropical Paradise?

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Yesterday, in the rain, I was able to sneak into the Tropical Display House with the help of some bamboo in the Japanese Garden.  They sure know how to sneak around.  When I got in here, I thought I was in paradise.  It is warm, but not too hot.  Humid, but not too wet. A…

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A Winter Sensory Garden

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I left the Sensory Garden in front of the Education wing the other day and found another garden that is just as appealing to the senses – especially in the winter.  I’ve heard the gardeners call this place the “Transition Garden.”  I guess it’s because it is the transition area between the back of the…

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