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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

July 5, 2016
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Taking Back the Garden

I am rereading The Morville Hours, a marvelous book, published in 2010 by English garden writer, Katherine Swift.  The author, a scholar/gardener and former librarian at Trinity College, Dublin, describes the twenty-year process of creating an amazing garden on a … 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

May 21, 2013
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Weeds Everywhere

WEEDS EVERYWHERE             This year our area has had a long, cool spring.  As the result, the spring flowers have lingered.  Plants that don’t usually flower at the same time are blooming simultaneously, giving the entire area the appearance of … Continue reading