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I’ve been seeing a lot of your garden lately, and must add my compliments to what I am sure are many that you receive. You have done a spectacular job…and I am especially intrigued because you seem to have a lot of shade. My garden in Ulster County has a lot of shady spots so am always interested in successful shade gardens – which brings me to Rodgersia. Please don’t tell me that the picture in the NYTimes today of your blooming Rodgersia is 2008 photo. I will be crushed. Mine poked their heads out during a warm spell months again and then were slapped in the face when it turned chilly again. They’ve recovered and are thriving now, but are nowhere near blooming.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.