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Cardinal flowers bring brilliant red to garden

A red cardinal flower at the Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, P.A. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
A red cardinal flower at the Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, P.A. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
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I first saw cardinal flowers growing in a drainage ditch along a farm field. Their intense red took my breath away, in part because of their surroundings. This was no well-tended, perennial flower border, where colorful flowers would be expected. Growing along that ditch, those cardinal flowers were "mere" wildings. What's more, they were blooming in deep shade, a place usually lit, if at all, by white flowers. The beauty of those cardinal flowers was ...

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