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Amelanchier – A Fruit of Many Names

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

To my mind few sights are as pretty as when the flowers of the Amelanchier start to bloom. The pure-white clusters are made up of many (1-20) five-petaled flowers which are either erect or drooping depending on...

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Ruscus aculeatus – The Unique Butcher’s Broom

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I have a great interest in plants that are either useful or unusual, Ruscus aculeatus is both! This unusual evergreen from Europe and the Mediterranean is a wonderful shrub for shaded spots. It is an uncommon...

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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...

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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...

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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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