Right on cue



Yes, a splash of red was just what was needed here. (Caught on site at Georgian Bay in Canada a few days ago.)

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I’ve seen whole sloughs full of Cardinal Flower in bloom…dark green shady sites with deep red flowers…incredible sight!

    They are hard to grow…they do well the first year or so, but die quickly, and don’t reproduce themselves well (is there such a thing as a perennial that lives just one year?:)

    Ironically, in my yard this year, all the plants near the pond died out…but a few in a raised bed in the vegetable garden seeded out into the path.

    Half of them are LAVENDER\ MAROON! I’ve never seen such a color in a Cardinal Flower! Are lavender Cardinal Flowers normally available from growers? Others growing right next to them are the usual bright red.

    I do have MANY Blue Lobelia… could it be a hybrid?

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