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A love letter to my weeds

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Dear weeds: Like with all my love relationships, life with you has sometimes been complex.  Sure, I’ve yanked you out of the ground.  But, in my defense, I’ve never sprayed you with toxic chemicals.   But sometimes love means you don’t talk enough about how you feel.  I’m sorry, weeds.  I plan to correct that in […]

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(VIDEO) Starting the video blog with tulips

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I’ve been meaning to start a video component to this blog for a while now.  Finally, here it is.  Most of my videos will have to do with topics in my book, but today I felt like introducing you to my tulips.  There’s a reason.  They’re special tulips. I’ve got a bit of the Kim […]

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On Vacation From My Flowers

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On Vacation From My Flowers

I go on a 9 day vacation and come back to a barely recognizable garden!  I feel like the mother who is forced to go away for a long period of time to come back and find that her children have gone from little kids to teenagers while she was away.  So, yes, while the […]

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Hoofmarked

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Rapacious marauding gang of horned miscreants ate every single tulip shoot clean to the ground, even dressed as they were with deer repellent.  They even took a chunk out of an iris plant, which they supposedly don’t eat.  (They obviously didn’t like them, because they left the hundred or so others alone).  And they’re terrible […]

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The Great Iris Project – First Spring Day in the Garden

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Sunday, March 10, 2013 I didn’t have plans to go in the garden so early in the season.  But on my way home from Sunday brunch the air was so balmy and beautiful I couldn’t make myself go inside.  So instead I looked at the bearded irises.  Brave little plants!  All but one was sending […]

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The Great Iris Project

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I can’t remember when a bearded iris flower first caught my eye.  As a young gardener, I had been a rose girl.  Roses are showy, fragrant, the obvious choice for a twentysomething gardener.  Roses are the brash young girls of the garden, basking in their new-found attractiveness, thoughtless with their thorns.   I grew gorgeous roses, […]

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