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Missing My Garden

It has been a long time, over two years, since I worked in my garden. We sold our house, and, of course the garden as well in September of 2020. What is it I miss? The many trips outside to…

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A Victorian Christmas Tree

It's that time of year again. Time to welcome the Holidays. I hope the Holidays provide you a sense of an all-embracing tradition of understanding and love. May the Holiday tree inspire you to see the best in each and…

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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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Soft Stem Cuttings Provide Colorful Plants

In 1878 James Vick, nineteenth century seed merchant, in his garden magazine Vick's Illustrated Monthly mentioned cuttings as a way to propagate a plant. He said, "The most rapid method of propagating this plant [Dracaena congesta] is by cuttings of…

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