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How I moved a shrub just now

I have been working down my list of desires and to-dos.  Today, I didn’t join the throngs of merry-makers at various events.  And I got quite a bit done. I had planted a Rhamnus ‘Fineline’ a few years ago.  Seeing … Continue reading

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Plant a splash of color today!

This Heather’s bright color was just the right splash for this dullish area.  Calluna vulgaris.  There were only two available for sale so I couldn’t plant a “group”. But these will get to be 28 inches tall and wide at … Continue reading

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Layering and opening up a small maple

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In approaching pruning this small maple, after listening to my client, my approach is careful.  Starting from the back I begin removing stubby branches, dead wood and crossed branches.  I do it this way because I know that to begin from … Continue reading

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This is a perennial that grows on and on!

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ is a shade-tolerant perennial that I adore! Wispy spikes of dark pink, especially in a large clump such as this, are remarkable for many reasons. But especially because this beauty has been blooming for six weeks and is … Continue reading

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Gardeners take chances–and I took a chance on this beauty.

While shopping, if I happen upon something quite striking or unusual for the garden, I often buy it.  I may not know where it will end up being planted.  But I know that good plants don’t go unnoticed, so buy … Continue reading

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