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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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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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The Arrival of Summer

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Wow!  I have been so busy this last month I haven’t had time to write.  As spring rolled into summer, I found myself visiting a lot of different friends in a lot of different gardens.  The Japanese Garden has been beautiful as the iris and lotus create colorful splashes in the wonderfully serene garden.  The…

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A Matter of Perception

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I need an agent. I’ve come to this conclusion after a few more weeks on the run.  Let me back up and explain. A few weeks ago I was hiding in the trial beds as happy as could be.  Along came a gardener working hard to get rid of the weeds, so it was time…

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On The Run

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WOW!  I’m sorry I’ve not been able to write lately, but I’ve been on the run for the last several weeks.  I thought with only two eagles in the garden (and now a smaller third), I wouldn’t have much worry about being spotted, but I didn’t count on the eagle eyes of this gardening staff. …

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Azalea Festival Week

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I have moved across the canal, through the barricaded area around the eagles’ nest (something people can’t do – ha ha) and I have set up under a tree across from the Matson Garden.  Here I have a great view into Renaissance Court, so I will be able to see the coronation of the Azalea…

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