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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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Halloween Comes Early

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What a scary couple of weeks!  A couple of  Saturdays ago, I was all set to enjoy a nice relaxing birthday.  All of a sudden there came a huge crowd of people for something one of them called a “Pull and Plant” day.  For some folks, Halloween is the time for all things scary, but…

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Happy Birthday to Me!

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Tomorrow is my birthday.  I am always grateful for that nice honeybee that introduced my father to my mother.  Without her help, my parents would never have gotten together.  Along with my brothers and sisters, I was conceived here in the Garden and ‘Ecuador’have enjoyed my entire life here.  So far, it’s been great.  The…

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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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Blustery Day

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Last weekend I picked up my roots and headed to the Sarah Lee Baker Perennial Garden. With the arrival of all the wind this week, I think I made a great decision. Today a nor’easter must be coming through. The yaupon hedge surrounding the garden is perfect protection for a little guy like me and…

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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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We Are The Summer Champions

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After having a nice two week vacation in the tropics (Tropical Garden, that is) I headed north.  I stopped in the All-America Selections garden, near NATO Bridge.  Last spring this area was filled with flowering tulips, but now some winners of the All-America Selections are commanding the space. The All-America Selections is a long running…

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Vacation in the Tropics

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August is the month for vacations so I wanted to go see some new plants and get away from the gardeners.  I headed to the Tropical Garden yesterday.  Since I am from a more temperate region, tropicals are not plants I know well and I feel very much like a tourist here.  Unfortunately there are…

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Food for Thought

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It is funny how two different random events can start you acting on a completely new idea. I was sitting in the AAS beds the other day and saw a parent pointing out some of the vegetables to their child and the child seemed totally amazed how the vegetable was growing in the ground.  It…

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Blaze of Glory

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I am in the Sensory Garden today.  It’s a nice spot – lots of pretty flowers, plenty of people walking by and most important of all, irrigation.  Having been in the Butterfly Garden recently and now here, I have had a chance to spend some time with many of the summer annuals.  I like having…

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