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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), by Marna Towne

When woodland flowers make their spring debut, they are a most welcome sight for nature lovers. In my neck of the woods, no flower is as showy as the Virginia Bluebell.

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PlantFiles: Purple Viper's Bugloss (Echium plantagineum)

Purple Viper's Bugloss

(Echium plantagineum)

A lovely plant that actually reseeds in my zone 5 garden. Not prolifically, mind you, but I do get second and third flushes...
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Stark Brothers Nurseries & Orchards Company

Review by 1nusha1:

I had ordered trees from Stark. Upon opening the box, found all four were placed into an unsealed plastic bag, two without...
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BirdFiles: Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus)

Eastern Osprey

(Pandion cristatus)

Note on taxonomy: Osprey has recently been split into two species, Western Osprey (Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas), and Eastern...
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BugFiles: Zebra Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

Zebra Jumping Spider

(Salticus scenicus)

Zebra spiders are highly common to the Pacific Northwest! Tiny, their white stripes actually connect around the abdomen....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Winter Greenhouse

5 stars
Very large inventory - and annually updated list & prices of their conifers, shrubs, perennials & annuals online at
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Gardening Book: Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Dirr's Trees and Shrubs for Warm Climates: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

Review by hjhanna:

Decent book, but misses nuances. A follow-up post here from continued scientific study (who ever said science was concluded?)...
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Plant ID #7: glossy dark green pointed leaves

This is growing as a single patch. I don't recall whether it was there in previous years or not, I think probably so.

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  Today in history: May 23  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Puddles after a rain shower are fun to play in no matter how old you are. And they can make for a great impromptu photo shoot. Grab the kids, your camera and wellies and go make a splash.

1707: Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, was born in Smaland. He would develop a lasting system of scientific classification and be recognized as the father of botany. Despite his profound influence on the world of botany, only one genus, Linnaea, and a few species are named for him.

1930: The U.S. Plant Patent law went into effect, allowing up to 124 plants each year to be patented. The first plant ever granted a patent was the New Dawn rose.

1953: Henry Duncan McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway, British politician, horticulturist and industrialist died at Hiraethog, at the age of 74. He sponsored several botanical collectors, and Rhododendron aberconwayi is named for him.

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