The hour was always arboreal

Inspired by botanizing in Greece and Turkey
There were no roads so the botanists hired a tractor in the Taurus Mountains of Turkey. The driver is seen taking a break in the Emily Valley.

Tom Ranney is perhaps best known for his research on calycanthus (sweetshrub) hybrids
Magnolia R-20-1 is a hybrid that one enthusiast dubbed the greatest of all magnolia crosses. Tom Ranney

Durell Godfrey

A flower picked and displayed is mortality brought indoors

August very definitely arrived last month

Gardeners now seem caught up in a hydrangea frenzy
If you prune blue mopheads too late, they won’t flower the next year. Photos by Abby Jane Brody

Everywhere eager and tenacious

Nearly every house in East Hampton in the early-20th century had a deutzia with very double white flowers, D. scabra Pride of Rochester
Deutzias seem to be undeservedly out of fashion in East Hampton. Abby Jane Brody

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