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Dahlias for the Masses

Certain plants , whether they like it or not, become part of a wave of popularity. One day nobody grows them, and the next you can't find them in the nursery. That's the case with the dahlia, my favorite flower.…

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Inspiration behind this Blog

It does not seem possible that I have written 984 posts on this blog since its launch September 9, 2010. But that is the case. Here is a press release I wrote about the origin of this blog at that…

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Hybridyzing Created High Expectations

Hybridizing became popular in the nineteenth century, especially when growers sought new plants for the garden. There was a side effect however. Horticulturist Lawrence Griffith in his book Flowers and Herbs of Early America makes the point that because of…

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