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Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

  The late Mardy Darian was a true plant pioneer. (A short tribute to Mardy) He wasn’t content with the ordinary, and sought out the exotic and rare plants from far away places that he believed he could grow in the dry marginal climate of Southern...
Coco Palms Up North???

Coco Palms Up North???

Editor: Well, not exactly a Coco Palm but a pretty good look-a-like. But No. California is certainly “up north,” as any plant from the tropics would agree. Its lucky for zone pushers that some “tropical plants” have more cold weather stamina...
Cheating Your Climate

Cheating Your Climate

CHEATING YOUR CLIMATE Identifying Microclimates The further from the warmer tropics you are attempting to garden with tropicals, the better you must know your particular climate and the plants you will be growing. Some tropical looking plants can be very forgiving,...
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