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Rabbit Training, an Ugly Spirea and Beautiful Devastation

By John Markowski @jmarkowski0
Won't you join me in my latest stroll around the gardens?  
It's taken a lot of patience, scientific study, field observation and pure will, but I've finally managed to train the rabbits to only eat weeds. What a time saver. I'd be thrilled to share the secrets to my success with you. Just send a SASE and a check for $99.99 and you can share in the latest gardening breakthrough:     Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Just wanted to prove that I am capable of taking a non close-up photo in the garden:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Note to self: Kale (Lacinato Hybrid) has a fantastic foliage color and while it tastes fantastic, it would be a phenawesome (I've copyrighted this word by the way) landscape plant as well:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Good looking Spirea right there:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Reason #187 to love a Viburnum: The berries extend the interest throughout the summer:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
I bought this Salix (Dappled willow) 'Hakuro Nishiki' back in the spring and it has friggin EXPLODED in size. I am absolutely in lust with this shrub and would buy a bunch more if the deer wouldn't destroy it. Luckily, this one is tucked safely away:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Can never get enough:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Isn't that a cool pattern in the leaf? It's like that all over both of my Hibiscus plants. Everyone should be as lucky as me to be able to witness such fine artwork. What a joy and pleasure defoliated leaves are:  
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
And finally, this Tsuga canadensis (Canadian Hemlock) 'Moon Frost' has become a favorite already with it's white growing tips. Just enough to make this stand out from other evergreens. I can't wait to see how this develops over the years:
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
Rabbit training, an ugly spirea and beautiful devastation
John

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