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It’s easy to dismiss the quiet wonder of spring, the shy unrolling of a fern frond or a thickly bunched rose leaf bursting from a hard brown stem. Hidden among the dead brown of winter’s remains, the jeweled chalice of … Continue reading
Every picture I’ve taken to date in 2014. From spring tulips to massive spiders hanging from the fence, it’s all here: Cats, kids, food, even a rare blond raccoon found dead[fourth row from bottom, five shots in] on the street— and … Continue reading
Fierce pansy is no doubt an oxymoron to most. The word pansy, like gay, has been so mowed down by its slang meaning that it can’t be used without evoking sniggering−at least among most American listeners. But take a closer … Continue reading
Sometimes in the quest for the new, gardeners rush right past the old reliables and miss a hidden gem. I find these lovely, intricate nasturtium blooms anything but ordinary. Add in their sunny nature and desire to bloom their … Continue reading
If you’re looking for two shrubs with highly contrasting foliage and blooms, it would seem they don’t get much more opposite than a Smokebush (cotinus coggygria) and a hydrangea. (This one is Twist ‘n’ Shout.) Yet a closer look reveals … Continue reading