NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


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

Pink-Leaved Chestnut: Pink indeed!


Today the foliage of the Pink-Leaved Chestnut is unfurled and the flower buds revealed.  This Spring beauty has arrived.  It's at the head of the line of the Spring Garden Party, full-frock and dewy-fresh. 

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Pink Snake-Barked Maple


A maple with salmon-pink bark:  Interesting indeed—but interesting enough?  Why not add vertical white stripes.   Well OK:  That's snappy indeed.


But let's not stop there:  But what about the tips of the branches? 

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Yezo Dwarf Willow



Willows to the left of me, willows to the right of me, willows above me—and here, willows below me.  The huge pond-side weepers are the biggest but by no means the most engaging of this large family's party-worthy relatives.  Meet this ravishing dwarf, growing in one of my troughs.

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