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Tetracentron sinense – A Rare Wonder from China

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

This rare and elegant find from China has captured my heart. Tetracentron sinense is a wonderful and unique tree native to southern China and the eastern Himalaya. A strong growing deciduous tree, it typically...

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Romneya coulteri – The Matilija Poppy

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Featured, Perennials | 0 comments

The Matilija poppy is my absolute favorite summer flower, one I anticipate all year long. I love the way the silvery new shoots with their ruffled tips first start emerging from the roots in spring.  Each slender...

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Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Sweet Katsura Tree

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

There are few trees more appealing in the landscape than the Katsura tree....

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Milkweed – Friend of the Monarch!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Featured, Perennials | 0 comments

Asclepias or Milkweed is a wonderful garden plant that not only beautifies...

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Tilia americana – The Basswood Tree

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

 In his wonderful book ‘Stalking the Healthful Herbs’, Euell Gibbons describes...

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Vaccinium vitis-idaea – The Lovely Lingonberry!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Growing up and having some Swedish heritage, lingonberry jam was a pantry...

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Cercis – The Rosy Redbud

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

Redbud trees in bloom are one of my favorite sights in spring! The unique way...

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