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Dandelions Are Blooming

A new book about paper flower crafting explained how to make paper dandelion blooms. I smiled at the possible scenario of somebody who lives in a suburban home with a perfect “Scotts” lawn spending a few hours to create some … Continue reading

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Weedy

The rental agreement for my little home requires only that I keep the yard watered and mowed. Neither the landlord nor I put in any extra effort to cultivate a mono-culture of lawn grass. In fact, he discourages a perfect … Continue reading

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House Plants And Me

The most famous cinematic indoor plant might be the giant man-eating flower in the sci-fi comedy spoof “The Little Shop of Horrors”. The fictional plant was a special crossbred variety between a butterwort and a Venus flytrap. The plant was … Continue reading

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Something About Chrysanthemums

Japanese culture considers the chrysanthemum a symbol of the Sun.  They see the unfolding petals as representatives of perfection.  Some claim a petal at the bottom of a wine glass encourages a long life.  Confucius used them as subjects of … Continue reading

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The All-Important Spud

Soon after I return home from the supermarket, I dump the potatoes from the plastic bag into the kitchen sink.  (I usually get five pounds at a time, because they keep better that way for me.)  I run a trickle … Continue reading

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National Wildflower Week

This week marks one of those “sleeper” commemorations that have much greater implications than we  realize at first glance.  National Wildflower Week obviously celebrates the beauty of naturally occuring, native flowers.  You don’t need to be a botanist or florist … Continue reading

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A Little Bit About Luther Burbank

Because I share my enjoyment of flowers with millions of other people, I became interested in the work of Luther Burbank. He, along with George Washington Carver became famous for a life’s work out of horticultural research.  Both men were, … Continue reading

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