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January 26, 2023

 

Hellebores floating in bowl

Spring Bouquets

Starting in February we can pick garden flowers for indoors.

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January 19, 2023

 

Sanguinaria canadensis

Sanguinaria canadensis

These plants enjoy rich, moist soil that drains well, and if they're happy in their spot, they will form colonies under deciduous trees but will disappear once the trees leaf out.

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January 12, 2023

 

Garden at Versaille

The Pleasure Gardens of Versailles

King Louis XIV's pleasure gardens were places to entertain and impress, and to glorify himself and his achievements.

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January 5, 2023

 

AI generated image of a Roman courtyard in Pompeii.

Gardens Preserved

In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, and huge amounts of volcanic ash covered the city of Pompeii. The ash preserved the homes and gardens that otherwise would have decayed or been destroyed over time.

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December 29, 2022

 

Pounding flowers

Pounding Flowers

Pounding can create emotional release and satisfaction for some, and the resulting images can be quite beautiful.

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December 22, 2022

 

musings about bluebells

Musings about Flowers

“Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth / Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth... / Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth / But the rose with all its thorns excels them both.”

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December 15, 2022

 

blue vase, holly, lights

Holiday Remembrances

If you are looking for a sweet gift for a loved one or friend, check out antique stores and thrift shops for miniature vases or cute tiny bottles.

December 8, 2022

 

Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Johann Wenzel Peter

God's Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote, "As long as one has a garden, one has a future and as long as one has a future, one lives."

December 1, 2022

 

Hands holding soil

Gifts From the Garden

"Love your garden and work in it, and let it give you what it surely will and let no one feel that the benefit is all on the side of the garden, for truly you will receive more than you give."

November 22, 2022

 

Cicero quote

How Flowers Teach

Flowering plants are forgiving, and they usually give much more than they receive.

November 17, 2022

 

Helen Allingham, Old Surrey Cottage

Rural Paintings

During the 1860s, watercolor paintings by English artists depicted rural scenes with thatched cottages surrounded by profuse cottage gardens. It was an idealized version of English country life.

November 10, 2022

 

Lancelot "Capability" Brown

"Capability" Brown

Lancelot "Capability" Brown, landscaper to the rich and famous in 18th-century England, died in 1783. He advocated vistas that were "simple, uncluttered and restrained."

November 3, 2022

 

A garden at Alhambra Palace

The Dark Ages

What gardens existed around the world in In the 6th-13th centuries?

October 27, 2022

 

Parterres du walled-garden

Bed & Border Designs

A mixed border is usually a defined space with a mix of perennials, annuals, shrubs, bulbs, and/or grasses with a walk, or path, in front and a wall or a fence behind as a backdrop. A mix of plants of different varieties ensures an extended period of interest.

October 20, 2022

 

Shrubbery, good investments

Good Investments

Shrubs are long-lived garden residents and help create the architecture of a garden.

October 13, 2022

 

Streptocarpus Harlequin Dawn & Harlequin Purple

Cape Primrose Care

Streptocarpus are pretty plants to grow once one gets used to their habits.

October 6, 2022

 

Ambrosia, ragweed

(Not) Pollinated by Insects

Wind-pollinated ragweed is often confused with glorious insect-pollinated goldenrod.

September 29, 2022

 

Caryopteris

Caryopteris for Fall

Caryopteris (Bluebeard) has a winning combination of foliage color and pretty flowers that provide focal points in the fall garden.

September 22, 2022

 

Amsonia hubrichtii

Fall Garden Color (Season Extenders)

As the growing season winds down, there are some plants, known in the trade as season extenders, that bridge the gap between fall and winter in gardens.

September 15, 2022

 

Datura stramonium

Edible and Inedible

Many different flowers have been used as food garnishes. However, there are also many toxic plants in our gardens.

September 15, 2022

 

Datura stramonium

Edible and Inedible

We love flowers, but we should always look at them in the garden, not eat them, as many have also been exposed to chemicals before we purchase them.

September 8, 2022

 

Plants overwintering

Bring Them In

It's time to move the houseplants indoors…

September 1, 2022

 

Armeria 'maritima'

Long Bloom

Perennial garden plants should bloom sequentially. Plants have bloom times that overlap, hopefully, so there can be a series of different plants in bloom across an entire season.

August 25, 2022

 

William Morris garden

English Country Gardens

In the late 18th century, William Morris, a prominent advocate of the Arts and Crafts movement, wanted all of England to become a garden where nothing was wasted.

August 18, 2022

 

Dwarf peach tree

A Dwarf Peach

Late in the summer, Prunus persica produces hard little peaches that I have never have the chance to taste, as they are always knocked off the branches by wild animals.

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