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My Roots In Cleveland, Ohio

While visiting my hometown, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, this summer, I was struck by its beauty. Yes, you read that right. All you cynics who remember when the Cuyahoga River was on fire and imagine Cleveland like this: Cuyahoga River Burning…

Whiter Shade of Pale Perennials And More

I crave color. I’ll even admit to sometimes overlooking the characteristics of a plant and its appropriateness for my zone, much less garden’s conditions, just to grab that color and add it to the garden. Color can make me an…

Snow-Covered Garden? Time to Design!

Here's what my Takoma Park garden looked like post-snow – a winter wonderland, so frozen there’s nothing I could do out there but go sledding, right?  Wrong! It was the perfect time to design new borders and paths.  That’s because the existing lines…

Does Your Garden Have Bones?

The garden seems bare.  It is the middle of winter.  A thin white veil of frost covers the ground, revealing tracks of wildlife I know, and did not know, were visiting my yard.  The sky is overcast with puffy gray…

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