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Re: Re: Happy Birthday

Thanks, Chris, for the handsome photograph.
Your Joe-Pye is even grander than mine, but they are both handsome plants.
Many of my favorite plants are so-called weeds.  I always have some milkweed
at the back of the bed - it is a handsome plant and smells so lovely when it's in
bloom - to say nothing of the Monarchs.
Another favorite is Perilla frutescens - the deep purple one.  It makes handsome
masses in difficult spots, and the deer don't touch it. 
Still another is the perennial yellow foxglove = Digitalis ambigua.- handsome and
deer-proof, but my neighbors call it a weed.  Oh well, their loss.
In a message dated 8/8/2014 1:05:04 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 1002@rewrite.hort.net writes:

Hi Auralie!

I'm with you on that.  I'm attaching a photo of my overgrown Joe-pye
weed clump on the corner of the house.  You can't beat a statement like
this in the garden this time of year! 

Apologies for the poor photo quality.  I didn't shoot it with a potato --
it was cloudy and grey.  :)  The clump is about 8' high.  There's an
open space behind it where a balsam fir fell two years ago, so a
Clethra barbinervis is going there this fall.


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