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All you snob gardeners out there can now look down your noses, sniff with the same organ and go on to the comic pages. I am going to talk today about a first class small tree or shrub that has been around since Hector was a pup and graced the grounds of your grandmother, and mine, and, no, i…

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Janice Wade of Lone Oak Road in Paris and her dog, Muffin, admire her 2-year-old Angel’s Trumpet off her back porch. She said it’s never had this many blooms before. The perennial plant’s blooms appear about 8 each evening and last all night until the sun and heat return in the morning.

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The first month that is partially autumn is staring us in the face. Thursday it will be September, the month that cheeringly provides us with the autumnal equinox. Hang on, it will be here on Sept. 21. The long range forecast calls for the introduction of more moderate weather, no matter wha…

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Re: Our series on woody plants — shrubs and small trees — that offer substance in mixed settings where herbaceous perennials and annuals need help in showing their wares. 

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Our series on shrubs and small trees that are appropriate ingredients in a mixed bed or border and, in fact, are a powerful strengthening factor there, would be incomplete without mentioning those woody plants that contribute flowers or other attractions at just the same time the other mater…

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We’ve beaten the dead horse of hydrangea over the past couple of weeks into a state of ad nauseum, notwithstanding the fact there were some bits of information that might have done you, and your garden, some degree of good with them.

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Last week’s rather terse perspective on a few hollies was by no means even a skim of the surface of the subject. It was all I could think of at the time, and since then I have been thinking again. It takes a lot more effort than it used to. 

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June of the Year of Our Lord 2022 will, after Thursday, be part of the annals of history and we will be facing the two most miserable months of the year, according to the Paris Pessimist Club.

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The second day of astronomical summer seems an appropriate time to review and preview what the gardening season has held for us and what it is yet to hold. Even such a garden eminence as the famed Gertrude Jekyll of the south of England in the early 20th century lamented on the comparative d…

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Mid-June, and an excellent time to eat watermelon, wallow around in the chiggers and ticks lying in wait for you in your garden, and above all, taking stock in your said garden and determining whether you want to throw in the trowel and head for the beach or mountains, or if you are man — or…

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You may remember the several years I used this space to condemn an unruly giant sycamore tree west of our house. A wilding it was, having been dug from the woods and moved as a sprout to our property. Among the plethora of mistakes I have made in the past 40 years, it ranks as the costliest,…

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It is fortuitous for ornamental gardeners in these parts that the much-lauded azalea season that is beginning to fade is followed closely by the onset of hydrangea season.

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It has been awhile since I have extolled here on the value of hand-me-down plants, as — sometimes — opposed to boughten stuff. I have been reminded during the waning daffodil season of the truth of that claim.

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It is now on or about the Ides of April. The March Ides are better known, of course, but other months have them, too, right at the middle of the month or at least near it. So we will say the Ides of April are here.

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“April is the kindest month. April gets you out of your head and out working in your garden.” — Marty Rubin “April — the month of dust and lies.” — Nagwib Mahfour S ay wha? Who’s right, if anybody? There’s a little of both and a lot of other stuff in the month of April. I said last week Apri…

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Cursed Julius Caesar! Cassius — not Clay — and Brutus and a bunch of other hooligans conspired to stab poor Julius to pieces on the 15th day of March way back in 44 B.C. He didn’t have a chance.

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Trivia question: which is harder to explain in plain English, an aroma or a color? I am left with that quandary often in attempting to describe either one. Since both appeal to the senses, it becomes a very much nebulous task simply because one person’s tastes — another sense — are different…

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Last week’s dissertation on the winter joy of Japanese maples, particularly correctly pruned ones, was intended to cover other trees and sights of our winter landscape. I ran out of brain and paper and had to cut off after the Japanese maple comments. There are other winter joys we should se…

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Much has been debated, written and discussed of late of the value, or lack of it, of peat moss as a garden soil amendment. The debates have mostly emanated from European countries and the British Isles where, as we speak, peat harvest has been severely curtailed or outlawed altogether. The a…

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Victories have their ecstasies as sure as defeats have their agonies. My friend Rick Conger contributed to my agony of defeat right at Christmas time, 2021. He posted on Facebook back in December a picture of open daffodils in his considerable garden on Greenacres Drive, right next door to m…

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It is always frustrating when I can’t remember where a favorite plant of many years came from. Or, especially, who it came from. My garden is fairly rife with hand-me-down plants, and some of them were gifted by other generous gardeners. To wit: I had a great-aunt, my mother’s aunt, who live…

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Hail and farewell. In a few days a new year will emerge on the scene, one that has never been seen before. A day before that, it will be farewell for 2021, a year that will never be seen again. Tempus fugit. Time flies when you’re having fun.

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Here we are, just one day into winter and after the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year, and already there is talk of the “dead of winter.” For your information winter is not dead, nor will it be even later into its annual visit.  

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A fool’s paradise, it is — now, that is. Here it is, just 10 days until Christmas and fools like me are staring into space and doing virtually nothing about it. Hey, there gifts to be bought and decorations to be taken care of, and the boob tube and football games yet call, even on week nigh…

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Winter hereabouts is generally said to be the months of December, January and February, notwithstanding the fact the astronomical calendar does not place its onset until Dec. 21 and continues it until March 21.

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Our very own Pilgrims are given credit for inventing the first Thanksgiving here in the states, when they were simply colonies, but their Mother Country had practiced a somewhat similar holiday back there in England before that. 

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It has been a while since I have done a dirty column, 1984, believe it or not. Wait, I misspoke that. The column was on dirt, but, heck, that is about as dirty as you can get. It was during the initial year of succeeding my grandmother as your author. Let us move on, before I engender any mo…

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Here we are, just three days before All Hallows Eve, and almost the end of October. Back at the first of the month, I had some comments here on the “golden month.” Since the most famous writer in the English language, William Shakespeare, never mentioned October, I will modestly propose to m…

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My innate modesty prevents me from saying much about myself, but I can’t resist one egotistical remark that comes not from me but from a number of garden visitors. I have been complimented more than once on my skill in pruning.

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The “fall of the year,” they call it. Leaves fall, many flowering plants fall, skies fall and daylight falls. I prefer the nomenclature “autumn,” which has a more pleasant resonance. 

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October has been called “the golden month,” and for good reason. When I was outdoors editor here, I always had a column on the benefits of October, with its harvest of early wild game seasons and looking forward to ducks and quail to follow. Then, of course, there was the excellent fall fish…

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The Paris Pessimist Club met in regular session a couple of weeks ago with the full membership present and answering roll call. The main order of business was handling pests in our local gardens. One member said the title of the meeting should be “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.” Voting…

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Happy Yom Kippur to all today, particularly my Jewish friends. Then too, happy autumnal equinox, next week, to all my friends, Jewish and gentile. 

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Staking, I believe it was. Last week, that is, when we talked something of the onerous task that staking of plants in the garden requires. It is not the physical labor, nor a problem of brain power. Any ordinary person can learn to tie a half-hitch, square knot or even a granny knot when the…

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A marked difference between ordinary ornamental gardens and more notable ones often consists of pleasing plant combinations or the absence thereof. A thought-out combination of rather plebeian plants can come to the fore when used with some thought in their placement. 

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