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NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


A Gardening Journal

Hardy Orange: Spring Buds of Flowers & Leaves



Spring, the literal season.  Day by day, even hour by hour, the garden leaps upward and onto the stage. 


All of a sudden, bulbs burst into flower.  Overnight, bleeding hearts are a foot tall.  And here, out of nowhere on this hot and sunny day in late April, the flower buds of the hardy orange have popped like pop-corn.

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The other Gold-leaved Spirea


Gold-leaved spireas?  Ugh: Their pink flowers clash so severely with their gold foliage that aesthetic indigestion is inevitable.  Thankfully, the flowers are the cue for your cure: They're not just pink, they're Pepto Bismol pink.


But the cure for your garden?  This spirea: Gold-leaved, but not pink-flowered.  Gold leaves, white flowers:  'White Gold'.

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