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Category — Horticulture

The Importance of Spring Flowers

If it were all about us, then spring flowers, despite the fact that they are often weak in color, low to the ground, spidery in appearance, or even just oddly formed catkins, would simply represent the coming of a new season. That, indeed, the planet had finally righted its wobble, temporarily at least, and tilted us toward the sun a little more so that our backs hunch a bit less, our muscles relax some, and smiles come a little easier to our faces. [Read more →]

March 11, 2011   No Comments

Sometimes looking back helps us plan for what’s next.

On a shelf near my desk, I have a few pots with some Calycanthus floridus seedlings. Otherwise known as Carolina Allspice or Sweet Shrub, these little seedlings will eventually grow into fairly large shrubs with brownish purple flowers that smell precisely like strawberries. Grandmother first introduced me to Sweet Shrubs as a kid, when she’d take me hiking in the woods across from her house. Although I love the smell of Sweet Shrub, it brings with it a certain sense of melancholy; it no longer simply reminds me of strawberries, but it conjures up a deep-seeded longing for Georgia heat, humidity, grass-stained wet socks, kick ball, bloody knees, jars filled with Lightning Bugs, grasshopper spittle. [Read more →]

February 11, 2011   1 Comment