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Garden gripe

A Winchester couple disagree on the value of spiderwort.

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Over the past 25 years, my husband and I have created a mini arboretum on our property — we call it the Cotton-Arbo retum — that we open to the public. We usually agree on our thousands of plant varieties, but there is one, spiderwort, that I love for its flower and he hates for its invasiveness. The other day, I mentioned that I had read that if we were to cut it back after it flowers in June, it would regrow bushy and reflower in the fall. He met me eye to eye. “Is that before or after the Roundup?”

Mindy Arbo / Winchester

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