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Orienpet Lily: Garden Looker — Va Va Va Voom!

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Orienpet lilies, Satisfaction variety
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...

Royal Grevillea: Garden Dynamo from Down Under

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Grevillea victoriae
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 Signal Summer’s Last Hurrah

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hollyhocks and bunting on the porch
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...

Foxgloves: Towers of Flowers and Then Some

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foxglove garden
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

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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

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

Periwinkle Vinca Major Covers a Lot of Ground

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periwinkle major
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...

Daffodils: D is for Deer Proof

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naturalized daffodils
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...

Houseplant Clivia: Tough as Nails, Pretty to Boot

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

Trumpet & Oriental Lilies: Perfection in Bloom

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oriental lily
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...