Starting from Seed

Real gardeners, compulsive gardeners, are up to their elbows in seedlings this time of year.  We (I qualify at least as compulsive) have a number of rationales for starting from seed. To ...

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Janet Draper: A Perennial Force

Janet Draper at the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden. Rare is the circus that has the extraordinary talent or the vast experience of someone like Janet Draper. This dynamo of the green world ...

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Canada, o Canada

This is part 1 of my garden-related thoughts on Inauguration Day. The view from Linda’s deck, for crissakes. If, like millions, you’ve been pining for Trudeau-led Canada, picture this. It’s my friend ...

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Olfactory Overload

‘Michael Lindsey’ I’ve been spending more time of late wandering our eight-acre landscape both because after 42 years here I keep finding old plants I too often overlook, and, more important, the ...

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Sex Talk at the US Botanic Garden

I returned last week to the U.S. Botanic Garden for another lesson in plant morphology, but this one was a bit sexier than the foliage talk I posted about here. This time, Dr. ...

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Lessons from a Portland Hellstrip

Garden touring season has given way to what I’m learning to treat as a second dormant period here in the high desert: the extreme heat of midsummer. And how convenient that is, ...

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The Theosophic Turtle

10 interconnected large rain barrels, with an approximate 98,000 gallons capacity, supply all of the water needs for the Turtles and their farm. Adam Turtle may have been restless at times, but ...

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Natives – A Moving Target?

Will the wild orchids in my woods survive the changes of the next half century?   There was a certain irony in the timing, given America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.  ...

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