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    • Dirty Deeds

      The trials and rewards of a landscape professional
    • Green Hibernation

      Plant dormancy and winter greenery traditions
    • Garden Gift Giving

      My true love gave to me: a gas mask and a bottle of wine
    • Digging for Spring Color

      Tulipmania and other psychosocial substrates
        Just as the plant material of the desert is foreign to the acidic conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest, so might tulips be to Boise had Jonny Appleseed not enticed settlers ever further west with hard apple cider.
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    • Lessons Learned

      A time for pride and humility
        In the month of May, I tell smug, self-satisfied, big-headed gardeners whose plants look like a billion dollars (a million isn't what it used to be) that every suffering, sick, misplaced, starving, abused, infected and infested shrub, grass, tree or perennial looks grand in that period of moist soil and mild days. How did those guys look by mid-August? Some not so great, perhaps.
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    • The Mouse Police Never Sleep

      Ridding your realm of rodents
        Cool weather is a fine time for harvesting produce, fertilizing the lawn and checking for mice. Checking for mice? you might ask. Well, it's true, cool weather brings those miniature eating machines indoors looking for a place to cozy up for the winter. Having dispatched 30 mice in five weeks from my pump house and hay barn, I'd have to say that thoughts of them still gnaw at my brain and I continue to set traps.
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    • Easy to please bulbs

      And city code S(to)P:it/3.nO/w explained
        When I was a kid, we got a hilarious annual Christmas letter from Great Aunt Pauline-a four-page psychotic recitation of the tragedies that had befallen people in her little town.
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    • Don't Say Bush

      Latin lessons in hortspeak
        Would it have ended better had Latin class preceded geometry? Doubtful. In one sorry semester, I declined from an A+ dedicated and disciplined student to an unfocused, inattentive and disorderly underachiever who couldn't have anticipated a twilight curiosity about arithmetic and dead languages.
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    • Priscilla, Queen of the BCB

      Local innovator creates Backyard Chicken Barns for sale
        Since it's so hot that Boiseans are flocking to the snowy film March of the Penguins just to fantasize, we dispense with gardening this week. Everything looks like crap anyway.
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    • On Edge

      Life in the garden
        Punishment isn't always swift or certain, but it would seem that breaking self-imposed dress code rules incurs the immediate wrath of the big foreman in the sky.
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    • Babbling Boiseans

      It's Bush's fault
        After much thought (well, not THAT much), I've decided that Vista and Broadway boulevards, those tasteless trails of trashiness, are Bush's fault, not that things to blame him for are in short supply.
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    • And the Oscar Goes to

      ... the melodramatic weeping spruce
        At a recent horticultural symposium, I was privileged to view images and hear a description of the creative process as practiced by a robed Zen landscape designer.
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