Plants we love, hate, or just have something to say about.
Anna Pavord has the right attitude toward snowdrops. In her 2009 book, Bulb (recommended), she notes, “Though there are only 18 species, you can now get hold of at least [...]
Just because we CAN do a thing, doesn’t mean we SHOULD do a thing or even MUST do a thing. This applies as equally to saving tender plants as it [...]
UPDATE: Big spread in the Washington Post about this tree's role in the campaign to save the Red Spruce. (Paywall troubles? Try accessing it through your public library's website.) [...]
In truth, there's not a lot of difference between the 20 or so hornbeam species, so collecting them might have been a little crazy. Still, I’m glad I did. They're all really nice trees. I've got specimens scattered around the yard and I've given several away to friends who are now in my debt and, because of that, try their best to overlook the awful things I routinely say and do when I'm around them. One thing I'll say about hornbeams that I can't say about most of my friends, they look wonderful from a distance and even better up close.