A Gardening Journal


Purple Butterbur

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Every April, strange almost alien green eggs appear atop the gravel at the shady side of the driveway.  When they open up into spheres of countless cream flowers here, they don't look much less alien.  In fact, they look more like the compound insect-like eyes of some unknowable but intensely-observant Other than actual flowers.  

 

Well, let 'em look.

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Pink-leaved Chestnut

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It's Spring, and things move fast:  Excitement might be afoot Tuesday but gone by Saturday.  And you won't want to miss it.

 

Certainly not this plant, the pink-leaved chestnut.  You read right.  Pink.  Look closer:

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Castor Aralia

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What makes a plant interesting?  Who doesn't want more of those "interesting" plants in their gardens?  But what IS "interesting"?  For one, something you don't see at all your neighbor's gardens.  Like, say, this spiny-thorned terror.

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Spring is Brutal

     

 

                        

Spring is when gardens finally, well, Spring to life again.  Upward, outward, and onward—except in the case of so many of my own trees and shrubs.  With my help, their Spring direction is downward.  "A little off the top" doesn't begin to describe our little get-together with pruners and loppers and ladders and folding saws.  

 

But it's just this uncompromisingly enthusiastic Spring massacre that will make the garden's July to October peak as big and high and bountiful as it can be.

 

Welcome to a series of Spring prunings.

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