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Excuse me, when will the cherries bloom?

I know that it’s only February, but we are already taking calls in the office asking when the cherry blossoms will be in bloom this year. So, I give you a cherry blossom blooming blog in the middle of winter.

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Winter Sets In

The carpet of snow around the garden makes me finally feel like winter is upon us. It’s strange to have a day where the weather is 60 plus degrees and raining, then experience a sharp decline in the temperature accompanied

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Bring on the Berries

Now that the flowers of spring and summer have long been gone and the colors of autumn have faded and fallen, we look to the fruits for a seasonal display in the garden. The fruiting shrubs that we have on

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The Red Pine Routine

The Japanese red pines at Shofuso are typically pruned in the fall. Even though there are only three red pines at the site, this can be a time consuming task. The red pine in the tea garden can be especially

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Mysterious Moss

The rain from this weekend made a lot of moss come back to life around the garden. This summer lacked substantial rainfall, but the mild temperatures helped to keep some of the moss healthy and green. Have no fear when

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Last Bloom

The season of bloom at the Japanese House is coming to a close. We started out spring with magnolia and cherry blossoms filling the trees, and are ending with hosta and liriope flowers throughout the garden. There is year-round interest

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Don’t let the flower fool you.

The mantra last week was shearing, shearing, shearing. The mantra this week has been weeding, weeding, weeding. Full days of weeding in the full sun are a killer. I feel like I shouldn’t even mention weeds, right? In a perfect

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Emergence from Spring

Longer days with warmer temps and increased rainfall make all of the plants grow so fast.  During spring everything moves to the priority list as time sensitive tasks come up.  Sometimes it’s hard to discern what priorities trump the other

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Raging River

So much for that positive spin I tried to put on the rainstorm. Upstream from Shofuso the water diverter was completely clogged with leaves, large sticks, and even a construction cone. Inside, the stream banks are a little eroded and

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Fall of the Cherries

Most of the Yoshino and Higan cherries are on their way out–the flowers are fading and falling, and the leaves are pushing through. It will be the Kwanzan cherry’s time to shine in a short while. In the meantime, we

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