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The Wild Garden

Is there a trend in our gardens back to wildness? Does it parallel our more casual pandemic lifestyles? Learn about how a nineteenth century garden writer paved the way for our current wild gardens.

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The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide

“Starting and Tending a flower garden is a personal affair. Each of us has our own life experiences and preferences that we bring to it. Even if we have never put a shovel in the ground ourselves, we love flowers because they are a part of our celebrations and daily life”

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Unfurling and Uncurling -Spring growth

As the days lengthen and the temperatures increase the pace of spring growth increases. Buds open. Shoots emerge and elongate. The pace of change is dizzying. Capture these fleeting moments in photographs to enjoy year round. Photos above: Leucojum vernum – Spring snowflake – dangling white and green flowers Veratrum – False Hellebore – fresh…

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Welcome spring – trees breaking bud

The star-like white flowers of Magnolia stellata, the star Magnolia (shown above), are some of the first Magnolias to bloom in the spring.  The  strappy tepals (sepals and petals) explode from tightly packed, fuzzy buds when a few warm days spur new spring growth. Magnolia x loebneri‘ Leonard Messel’ blooms are similar in shape, but slightly…

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More Witch Hazels for winter into spring bloom

The Hamamelis season is in full swing here at Northview. Many of the witch hazel flowers are out earlier this year as the weather has been mild  this winter, although combined with one of the heaviest snowfalls recorded in Philadelphia. I have been thinking about witch hazels for the last few weeks. I was lecturing at…

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