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My Brother Has a Pair of Those

The Garden That Grows Memories “Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.”                Jean de Boufflers (1738-1815) I was touring a friend’s garden the other day and in the process, learned what we really grow when we care … Continue reading

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The United Nations of Gardening

THE THINGS THAT BIND US “Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” May Sarton (1912-1995) Surprisingly enough, this whole … Continue reading

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Plants like People

MY BOTANICAL MEMORY SYSTEM “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”                                        Confucius (551-479 AD) You are looking at one … Continue reading

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It’s Not Dead ’til It’s Dead

MEN AND GARDENING “They say that I’m stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it’s paid off so far.”                                Sugar Ray Leonard (1956-Present) I recently had a regular customer come in and make a rather unusual request. She wanted … Continue reading

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Excuse Me Young Man…But That’s An Oxlip

HUMILITY “The learn’d is happy to explore, The fool is happy that he knows no more.”                                          Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Middle age … Continue reading

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Crime and Punishment

SHARING “Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools…”                               Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) I would like to begin by stating emphatically that it wasn’t really my fault. Anyone who would plant an unfenced Bartlett pear tree just ten … Continue reading

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A New Garden Book

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