Praying Mantis

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By: Meriel Bradley

I found this beauty on my car – he did turn to look at me as I took his picture which could be a little alarming for some of us – but leaving aside the initial fear of that stare, they are without a doubt quite exquisite.

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Dakota Pinnacle Birch

Dakota Pinnacle Birch

By: Meriel Bradley Developed in North Dakota, this is a hardy cultivar of Japanese White Birch. Growing in a graceful slender column to 25 ft. tall by only 10 ft. wide this tree is a lovely choice for a small garden. In March or April, the tree is covered with long...

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