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May 9, 2017
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For millennia gardens and gardening have been used as metaphors for life.  English author Edith Pargeter, who wrote under the name Ellis Peters, created a many-volume series from that metaphor when she wrote her Brother Cadfael mystery books.  Her sleuth/protagonist, … Continue reading

June 8, 2015
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Spring Thoughts

If a garden does not look good in May and June, it will never look good. I have heard that particular aphorism at least a thousand times over the years.  Theoretically, at least, it’s true for many gardens.  If your … Continue reading

June 23, 2014
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Good Garden Keeping

I have always been extremely impressionable. Last weekend I watched video adaptations of some of English author P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious short stories, featuring the ultimate upper class wastrel, Bertie Wooster, and his indispensible valet, Jeeves. I was so impressed with … Continue reading

May 5, 2014
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Covering the Bases

This year, in many parts of the country, winter stood its ground and refused to unclench its chilly grip. Spring-flowering plants emerged slowly; understandably cautious about exposing their petals to the freezing breezes. The flip side of that hesitance is … Continue reading