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FRAN BONINTI

Being a constant student keeps gardening fresh Story and Photo by Joyce Grunewald Many lifetime gardeners can trace their passion back to family members. Fran Boninti is no exception. Her grandmother and mother were the people who, genetically and by example, planted the seed for her love of what grows in her garden. A touching …

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A FACE ONLY A GARDENER COULD LOVE

Bat-faced cuphea Story and Photos by Alan Pulley Referred to as “bat-faced” because of its interesting little bat-faced deep purple and bright red blooms, Cuphea llavea has become a favorite summer annual for many gardeners, including myself.  Native to Central America and Mexico, bat-face cuphea thrives in full sun and heat. Blooms emerge in late spring and …

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