Making a List and Checking it Twice
8 December 2021 | 1:32 pm

I have notebooks filled with scribbled names of plants I’ve seen in gardens, on social media, or heard about from friends. My list of must-have plants runs to 68: a combination of annuals, vegetables, tender and hardy perennials, ferns, trees, shrubs, and one vine—so far. I’ve dug a deep hole. My winter dreams are as [...]

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Want to get in the spirit? Try a garden center
7 December 2021 | 3:16 pm

One of my favorite garden center shopping expeditions occurs after the garden has been put to bed. (And by that, I mean that I’ve started my four month-period of ignoring it; I don’t do anything special to winterize it.) Usually, the first weekend of December finds me at the best local place for holiday plants, [...]

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Wonderful Documentary about Japan’s Gift of Peace – Bonsai
3 December 2021 | 2:55 pm

Entrance to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in the National Arboretum in November of 2021. The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum opened in 1976 with a gift of 53 priceless bonsai trees from Japan to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial. Some bonsai were several hundred years old and one had even survived the bombing of [...]

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