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    by Fan Winston on May 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

    I’ve devoted Garden Decoder columns to “annuals” and “biennials” before, and in defining those terms, I also ended up defining “perennials.” I figured I knew everything I needed to know about a plant’s life cycle, but recently I happened upon a fourth term that I had never heard of before: short-lived perennials. Here’s what I […]

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    by Kier Holmes on May 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

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  • Wedding Flowers: 10 Foraging Ideas for Bouquets and Arrangements
    by Justine Hand on May 20, 2019 at 8:00 am

    In my family, foraging for DIY wedding flowers has become a tradition. It started when my mom had the idea to grow potted centerpieces for her big day. Great idea, but when the flowers arrived nothing was in bloom–hardly the “explosive fiesta of colors” my mother was after. To save the day, Aunt Sheila and […]