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Athena calling! Let's go to Greece this April!

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Athena calling! Let's go to Greece this April!

Mixed ornamental oreganos in my home garden The Greek landscape in summer can be brown and sere (rather like winter in Colorado!) but the hills are bright green in the winter and spring, and an unbelievable number of wildflowers crowd the fields everywhere. Despite being one of the smaller European countries, Greece has the largest biodiversity (species per acre that is) of any European country: at over 5,500 species discovered so...

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What a difference a month makes!

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What a difference a month makes!

Cardoon and giant Castor beans In the sere winter months (which have their own austere beauty, I admit), we forget how lush things were just yesterday: the giant Cardoons spreading almost six feet across, and towering Castor beans (great crowd pleasers) along the Drop Dead Red border. Francois Villon asked "Where are the snows of yesteryear?" Well, others pine for verdure and the lolling luxury of summer.

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Root beer tree at the Gardens (Sassafras albidum)

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Root beer tree at the Gardens (Sassafras albidum)

Sassafras foliage closeup One of the many features I love about Sassafras is how the leaves can be entire, or lobed with one or two fingers (the variability is visible on the closeup above). And I love the spicy, almost Allspice scent that was once used to flavor root beer and various medicinal potions. Like many of our street trees, an ancestor closely resembling our species occurred in the West tens of millions...

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