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Iris – Poor Man’s Orchid

Noel Kingsbury in his splendid encyclopedia [I call it that!] of plants Garden Flora has several pages devoted to the Iris. He says, "Iris growing is largely a connoisseur's hobby, although in the appropriate climate, a group that requires much…

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Tulips Became First Commercial Plant

[Above] Tulips in all their glory appeared in James Vick's October 1879 issue of his magazine Vick's Illustrated Monthly. ________________________________________________________________________ It seems hard to think of plants as a commodity. But that is what they have been for centuries. During…

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