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Two weeks, two Page One stories for the Post's gardening columnist

January 26, 2012 - 12:50 PM
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Adrian Higgins
Higgins, from his Twitter page (follow him: @adrian_higgins).

I can't be the only Adrian Higgins fan who yelped last Thursday on seeing the byline of Washington Post gardening columnist on the front page with a story on botanists abandoning Latin for plant names.

Who knew I'd get to repeat that nerdy jump-for-joy today?

In what's becoming a Thursday ritual, Higgins landed his second Page One feature this morning with the news that the USDA is updating its plant-hardiness map to reflect that Washington is warmer than previously thought.

This Higgins onslaught came during an eight-day period that wasn't exactly short on news. In fact, based on a count of Post staffer bylines over that period, Higgins is tied for fourth place with Liz Sly (covering a near civil war in Syria) and tech reporter Cecilia Kang (whose week included the SOPA/PIPA protests and a big story about Google's privacy-policy changes).

"Just coincidental, and based on the appeal of the stories," says Higgins when asked about the twofer. "Might be another year or two before I enter that real estate again." I'm not sure I'd count on that: Next Thursday is Groundhog Day.

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