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March 16, 2010


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Really nice cordyline - although the colours seem to vary quite a bit from quite a light pink through to a very dark pink. Not sure if its just the photo of it thats the plant? I prefer the pink from the bottom of the photo thoigh.

Still a really nice plant either way.

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Or it'd be fun to play against the sweetness of this cordyline's color scheme by surrounding it with spiky black mondo grass in a galvanized metal tub....okay, I'm off to the nursery....

Vince Mackel

I enjoyed meeting you in Coupeville The book is a good read and the talk put voice and face to your weekly column.

Gardening and landscape design really is a dynamic profession in reallity it's a 10 dimentional study X+Y+Z(axis)shape form texture color growth age and psychology.

Who would have thought workng or writing about it was so entailed.

I talked with Susan Hershman while she wrote
"House Colors" if you run across it it would be worth some time to run your thumb through it.


valerie Easton

Hi Margaret -
I just got a new camera, too, and am trying to figure it out. Even a tripod. I love "A Way to Garden", it's such an inspiration, even though we live in such different climates....

Margaret Roach

That is some great-looking Cordyline.

Thanks for the nice words about A Way to Garden -- I just got a new camera in time for spring, since as you say the visuals are so critical with this subject matter. Trying to take my skills of observation and documentation to the next level.

Happy spring, and thanks again.

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