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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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Tough Guys of Winter

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It’s been pretty cold lately.  Bark peeling cold if you ask the paperbark maple in the Winter Garden.  I think he’s just exaggerating – that bark always peels no matter what the temperature.  It’s just a complaint to gain some sympathy.  But it has been leaf-curling, flower-browning, pond freezing cold. The camellia flowers in full…

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A Trip to Japan

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Today is a lovely rainy day.  The Garden is quiet with only a handful of visitors enjoying the damp envrions.  I have spent the last few days in the Japanese Garden.   This is a great place to avoid gardeners at this time of year.  Some are busy setting up lights and displays all over…

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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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