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Here's Devils Walking Stick, a native that we can have any where we let it. It tries to grow out in the lawn, spreading by root, but it gives up easy. We hear it has the largest leaves of any native North American; that's for the botanists who count each stalk of leaflets as a single leaf. It makes a nice backdrop between the flower beds and the woods. In the late summer it has a peach-basket sized clump of small whitish flowers at the top, bees love them. The flowers turn into purple/black berries after which several birds come. The thorns on its trunk are most impressive.
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This one is a Bridal Wreath (Spirea?). It survived eight or ten years in the woods down towards the pond; as soon as we moved it out into the open at the end of the driveway it took off.
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This next one is the flowering quince. We hope to have a better picture soon, but we had to get one quick before the deer saw it. It's been out at the end of the driveway for several years and this is the first time the hoofed rats have let it bloom like this.
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The crabapple was already here when we showed up. This one has really responded well to having one side opened up to the southern, sunny side.
From across the drive
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And a close-up:
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2005, and we've been given four sun coleus (we're guessing c. scutellarioides, but are open to correction).
Here's one, happy by the walk-
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Black elephant ears, white phlox -
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Acuba -
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Acuba from farther out -

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