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Temporal disobedience

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Last of the Great Reference Plant Manuals?

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Little Island Coming in 2021 and I Can’t Wait!

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Canna and amsonia in fall

Canna, hot greenhouse fantasies, and the brutality of ice. A Letter to the Midwest.

December 29, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, I think we’ve established that you’re the better person at this point.   As we will not agree about using...

Anthropomorphism and plants

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Scenes from a Community Garden in Winter

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A gift for the environment

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’21 Is Gonna Be a Good Year

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The Pleasures and Perils of Young, Broke Gardens

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Who Says Native Plants have Longer Roots?

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Wrapping Up 2020 at the Big Box Store

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Winter interest revisited

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PBS Documentary on Norman Borlaug’s “Green Revolution”

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It’s #Ad Season. Don’t believe everything you see.

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