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"Nature's first green is gold"

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"Nature's first green is gold"

A cautious Coloradoan would cut branches tomorrow of any forsythias in the garden. The more branches you cut, the less likely the remaining branches you leave behind will freeze (don't ask me why--it's superstition I suspect)... Euphorbia cyparissius This more chartreuse shade of yellow is what I really think of in early spring. The Euphorbias have gotten a bad rap--this and the next have both been declared noxious weeds in many...

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They're off and running!

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They're off and running!

closeup of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' If you grow but one reticulate iris, may I recommend 'Katharine Hodgkin'? I tell her full story elsewhere more expansively. Because she is a hybrid between two rather distinct species, she possesses what botanists call heterosis, or hybrid vigor. She has formed wonderful clumps in the O'Fallon Perennial Walk that are in peak form right now. Our horticulturists have planted her liberally throughout both sides...

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For tipsy gardeners everywhere!

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For tipsy gardeners everywhere!

I have observed over the years that horticulturists around the world seem to share certain characteristics. Most gardeners I know love food and are often great cooks. And we do seem to have a fondness for certain...shall we say....hmmmmmmm.....spirits? My brother-in-law, Earl Sampson, gave me a copy of Amy Stewart's latest book for my birthday, which finally explains the phenomenon to me. Of course, practically everything we imbibe consists of...

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