From The Desk Of Bill Varga

Victor Lemoine, could be your neighbor, but this extremely crafty horticulturist was born almost 200 years ago in France. As a young man, he established himself as florist and gardener at Nancy, France. With an understanding of the potential of plant hybridization and selection, he developed some of the first hybrid double flowered Portulaca, Fuchsia, zonal Pelargonium and many other firsts for plant enthusiasts. Maybe take a moment look deeper into Victor Lemoine’s life and work. For us here in Utah, Victor Lemoine is connected through his use of our native Littleleaf Mock Orange, ‘Philadelphus microphyllus’ and ‘P. coronarius’ to create ‘Philadelphus x Lemoinei’. You may have noticed the ‘X’ between genus and specific epithet in botanical names to signify hybrid. ‘Avalanche’, said to be the most fragrant selection of this cross, grows to be 4x4’ which retains the parent Littleleaf Mock Orange smaller stature. Most important to us gardening in the intermountain west, it also retains its parent’s propensity for water efficiency! We have grown the Lewis Mock Orange and the Littleleaf this past season at Perennial Favorites. Hopefully, we will be able to continue this trend of adding beauty, fragrance and water efficiency as options to intermountain gardeners.

Patriotic 4th Of July Quotes

  • “America is a tune.  It must be sung together.” – Gerald Stanley Lee
  • “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives.  I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”  – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.” – Val Saintsburt
  • “America means opportunity, freedom, power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Give me liberty or give me death!” – Patrick Henry
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” – Lech Walesa
  • “Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” – James Bryce
  • “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
  • “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost
  • “As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.” – George Washington
  • “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner
  • “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” -James G. Blaine
  • “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” -George Bernard Shaw
  • “America’s a family. We all yell at each other, and it all works out.” -Louis C.K.
  • “My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.” -Yakov Smirnoff

“Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July, it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” -Unknown  😊

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