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From the Editor’s Travel Diary: One Year… Four Continents

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Alstroemeria spathulata, Chile

January 10: The high Andes near Santiago, Chile. It could not be more perfect: blue skies, only a slight wind, 75°-80°—and everywhere a carpet of alpine wildflowers. The array of species was astounding…bulbous tropaeolums, annual schizanthus, and perennial, silvery-leafed calceolaria… but the highlight was the alstroemerias. I had seen several species on the last two days nearer the coast, but I was not prepared for the species up here. At the last stop of the day (also the highest at about 10,000 feet), I saw tight rosettes of glaucous leaves, resembling both echeverias and saxifrages, but not quite either. Finally, I found some flowers, so I could identify Alstroemeria spathulata—easily the finest species I’ve ever seen. I wonder if it will grow at low elevations in California…

Terraced beds at Venzano, Tuscany

May 25: Venzano, central Tuscany, Italy. Heading south from Lucca, we passed through extensive agricultural areas…broad fields spread out between rolling hills, many topped with little villag...

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