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Ginkgo biloba—The Magnificent Maidenhair Tree

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I am amazed by the history of Ginkgo trees. They are often called ‘living fossils’ as Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest trees on earth. Ginkgo biloba are the sole surviving species of a group of trees that date...

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Flowering Cherries – A gift from Japan

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

As spring approaches, I find myself fervently anticipating the Cherry blossoms. The first swelling of the buds creates an eagerness for the coming blooms. I impatiently wait as the buds swell to the ‘popcorn’...

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Laburnum – The Glorious Goldenchain Tree

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in Featured, Trees and Shrubs | 0 comments

I rejoice in late spring when the long clusters of lemon yellow pea-like...

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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...

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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...

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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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