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When I Found Blood Lilies in Africa….

Cows, pecan trees, okra fields, rusty tin roofs and plenty of racism just weren’t for this free spirited 19-year-old boy. So I ran hard to get away from that run-down family farm. In one giant, naive leap that freaked the family out, I left South Carolina to enroll, as the only American exchange student at… Read More

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Bulbs for the South & Artist In the Garden

I love when an organization ask me to return for more than one presentation.  There’s so much more to say, do, talk about than can happen in the usual one hour format. These two presentations, with a break for lunch couldn’t be more different.  But the first builds up to the second; the first is… Read More

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Crinum 'Asian Bell' with Saltbush, asters and mums

Fall Pictures From Beech Island

Gardening is thinking ahead a few minutes, a few months or a few generations.  There’s something about this little spot of red dirt, perched on the wooded hills above the river, with Augusta, Georgia, making noise and light in the distance, that helps people find peace and think in generations. Click here to see a… Read More

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One of my freaky Crinum bulbispermum selections.

Plant Evaluation — Selecting New Crinum Varieties

I’m a tough critic when it comes to plants.  Since I’ve been growing crinum from when I was a pre-teen, I’m particularly tough on those bulbs.  Nothing floppy, nothing wimpy, nothing that doesn’t make a great all around garden plant. Yes, I have my personal collection of quirky crinum, but that’s about love and memory… Read More

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Salvaging Spectacular Sabal Palms

Performance Anxiety   You’d think gardening might be a stress free job. But right now, I feel dread like a hole below my chest that you could put a 3-gallon nursery pot through. This upcoming job has no little 3-gallon pots though. We’re moving two, 50+year old, 30 feet tall, spectacular Sabal palms. And it’s going… Read More

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Flowers vary from pure white to pink but most are striped.

My First Crinum Lily is About 75 Years Old

After tons of delicate spring flowers, I”m ready for some bold color and big textures.  Every year, I feel the same. In garden design, I always seek contrasting textures— which is kind of tough in spring since we have lots of new, tiny leaves and delicate flowers. Crinum bulbispermum is pushing into flower this second… Read More

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Tom took lots of pics hoping to document what sort of creatures might eat anyone bold enough to wade out...

Garden & Dog Road Trip

Thousands of pictures wait to be edited: high end malls with extravagant palm plantings, blue water swim days at the dog beach, vine laden tropical gardens, and brilliant displays of plants at the Tropical Plants and Landscape Show. Friends and gag pics.  Dog profiles and gardens. A 1,700 mile road trip to south Florida with… Read More

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