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New Plants and Old Friends at Farwest 2014

New Plants and Old Friends at Farwest 2014

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I’m back! I decided to retire What Blooms When, retool, rebrand, and relaunch. Still writing about gardens, gardening, new plants, old plants, phenology, photography.  A friend told me the new blog title would “indicate [my] incredible humility to [my] billions of readers.” I was thrilled that www.amycampion.com was still available.  You wouldn’t think Amy Campion would be an unusual name,… Read more →


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eranthis hyemalis winter aconite

Winter Flowers: Ten Plants That Bloom Before the Daffodils

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Spring may begin in March, around the time the daffodils bloom in the Lower Midwest, but that doesn’t mean the color calendar isn’t already underway before then. Did you know that even before the daffodils bloom, quite a few plants have already stepped into the spotlight?  Here are ten of them: 1.  More often than not, Winter Aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) opens its… Read more →


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Lagerstroemia Crape myrtle has brilliant fall color

Five Plants That Deserve More Credit for Great Fall Color

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Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) sells by virtue of its frilly summer blooms alone, and where it’s hardy enough to grow sizable trunks, the exfoliating bark is a bonus, but how little ink is devoted to praising its fall color! Some plants take on deep purpley tones that redden over time.  Many selections, like ‘Hopi’ and ‘Catawba,’ are set ablaze with an… Read more →


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Hamamelis virginiana common witchhazel

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Gloom of Night Keeps This Witchhazel Down

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I must say a few words of kindness for our native common witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), the last woody plant of the year to venture forth with new flowers. Like katsura,  common witchhazel might be first detected with a whiff—in this case a sweet tea fragrance—and then tracked down.  Sure enough, there are the flowers, like wee basil chiffonades in yellow.  The blooms… Read more →


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