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Orienpet lilies, Satisfaction variety

Introducing Orienpet Lily: Garden Star — Va Va Va Voom!

My two-year-old stand of Satisfaction Orienpet lilies in late July My days as a plant snob are over. There's room in my garden for both...
Grevillea victoriae

Royal Grevillea: Garden Dynamo from Down Under

Hi, my name is Tom and I'm a plantaholic, unable to leave a nursery without a plant, incapable of ignoring a nodding bud, lacy...
hollyhocks and bunting on the porch

Hollyhocks Signal Summer’s Last Hurrah

As summer wanes, my hollyhocks mark its passage, each blossom a page in the season's story.  June finds an optimistic sprout fighting off the early advances...
foxglove garden

Foxgloves: Towers of Flowers and Then Some

Foxglove (digitalis purpurea) is the flower of the hour in my Pacific Northwest garden, towering three feet above my close-to six-foot frame. (That's height not...

Taylor’s Pink Perfection Camellia and Miss Wells’ Lipstick

Nature doles out some amazing colors. When my Taylor's Pink Perfection camellia began to bloom for the first time, I found its blush exuberant,...

Bart, Your Primula Is Doing Fine

In some cafe, perhaps in Amsterdam, maybe in Bruges sits a man whose interest in the works of Van Gogh and Rubens is only...
periwinkle major

Periwinkle Vinca Major Covers a Lot of Ground

Periwinkle: Vinca Major, a sea of knee-high green I'd have to say the periwinkle Vinca major saves me about a bazillion hours of weeding each summer, smothering out...
naturalized daffodils

Daffodils: D is for Deer Proof

Deer proof is a designation that I usually find laughable. I suspect that given the chance, deer would dine on blue tarps and roof shingles. If these beasts...
clivia in pot

Houseplant Clivia: Tough as Nails, Pretty to Boot

About this time every year, I look at my sickly menagerie of houseplants and wonder why I bother. The leaves of my streptocarpus have...
oriental lily

Trumpet & Oriental Lilies: Perfection in Bloom

Lilies Are the Whole Flower Package: Beauty, Fragrance and Strength The phrase to gild the lily says it all. Why would anyone attempt to improve or adorn something that...
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