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Autumnal fire

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Autumnal fire

Haemanthus multiflorus This little honey is South African, and no...Mike Kintgen does not believe it is hardy (he lifts the bulbs before hard frost): but what a spectacle this magnificent Amaryllid makes in the South African Plaza! I have seen Brunsvigia and Haemanthus in South Africa, where they can color the landscape for miles.  Won't it be just peachy if we can eventually find some hardy ones to grow...

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A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

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A west Metro botanic garden: Kendrick Lake

Salvia darcyi and other colorful treasures There are actually several fine clumps of Salvia darcyi at Kendrick Lake, this one combined with wonderful, bright complementary plantings that exemplify this amazing garden. I will be watching to see how it comes through the winter here.  Pennisetum orientale (Caucasian feather grass) Kendrick Lake showcases the very best drought tolerant plants: it is so gratifying to see so many cacti, unsual shrubs and especially grasses all grown...

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Kazakhstan remembered

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Kazakhstan remembered

Great Fritillary on Azure Teasel (Dipsacus azureus) Politics were not the reason we came to Kazakhstan this year. Last year Plant Select sent the two of us to reconnoiter the Altai and Tien Shan, and we returned with enough tales and pictures to inspire a collecting trip this year. August and September turned out to be the perfect season for the widest spectrum of germplasm and we were surprised...

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Trip van Winkle...

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Trip van Winkle...

Capacious east-west terrace in front of Orangerie So I'm gone for a few weeks and I come back to a new office, a whole new greenhouse complex, a new Marnie's  Pavilion and fabulous plaza all planted, the Orangerie brimming with wonderful combinations of plants in elegant pots, the new Terrace off to the West overlooking the big waterlily pond and new Plant Select garden bristling with Salvia darcyi buzzing with hummingbirds...and...

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