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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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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

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Autumn crocuses: the real thing

Crocus pulchellus in Rock Alpine GardenCrocus speciosus This is the wonderful patch of Crocus pulchellus (with one Crocus speciosus interloper!) across from the Succulent House in the Rock Alpine Garden.

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Blazing star anomaly

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Blazing star anomaly

Plains Garden, October 10, 2010 Each of the dozens of gardens right now glistens and glimmers with that late season bounty that suggests to many of us that this is indeed the loveliest of seasons. As the conflagration of autumn leaves joins the last blazing flowers of the year, the Rembrandtian colors of late autumn truly out paint the Giotto tints of spring. "Remembrance, like Rembrandt, is dark but...

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