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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday’s Garden Pick of the Week


Wow. Can you believe it? This Thursday’s garden pick is not a Rose or a Peony. It’s one of those underrated shrubs, Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel) and this particular variety, ‘Olympic Fire’ is a stunning feature if your garden offers the right growing conditions. If you happen to have partial sun and constant moist soil, then you can be dazzled by this ‘Olympic Fire’. The late spring, early summer blossoms start off as light pink and change magically to this red/pink mixture. This variety calls your attention to it so you can’t really miss the performance when it starts to show its fiery colors. As Mary Lou Retton, the Olympic gymnast reminds us, “Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.”

There you have it – the Thursday garden pick of the week. Send your favorites that get your garden spirit burning and keep you lit.

P.S. If you don't have a spot in your garden, at least check out the Mountain Laurels blooming now in the woods.

Image of Kalmia latifolia ‘Olympic Fire’ (Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel) by Ann Bilowz ©

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