Jan. 5, 2017

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The Franklinia image is from Beal Gardens at MSU.  I've been visiting there since 1976, when I worked in Lansing for the summer.  It is an outstanding systematic collection.  I made several 3 hour round trips this year until I caught Franklinia in bloom.  In its native south, it blooms much earlier.  Followers of this site will be seeing more from these gardens.  To read more about Franklinia, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklinia