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the color purple

On 14, May 2015 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

If you choose the color purple for a monochromatic color scheme there is no scarcity of plants, annuals and perennials alike, to carry it through all four seasons.

You can start very early, even before spring sets in, with the intense magentas of the Lenten roses and as soon as the snow melts they are in the cheerful company of sweet violets, crocuses and hyacinths. Read more…

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high maintenance roses

On 04, May 2015 | No Comments | In plants, roses, scents | By All Year Garden

Us hopeful rosarians have to admit that roses are not just another pretty flower. There is something very special and noble about them, the older they are the more rare and valued their flowers and often the more persnickety they get.

Here are some cultivars to test your rosarian mettle. Read more…

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the vegetable garden

On 25, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I finally planted the seedlings, with great excitement followed by four days of frost advisory. This night is supposed to be the last one and the plants seem to have made it, wrapped in plastic bags and covered with pots.
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tips for growing roses

On 20, Apr 2015 | No Comments | In advice, plants, roses | By All Year Garden

I learned the most important facts about roses from my grandfather and they go like this:

Roses are not fussy plants, if they have full sun exposure they will put up with conditions that few perennials can withstand: drought, heavy soils, extreme temperatures on both sides of the spectrum and even salty water. Read more…

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what to enjoy when spring has sprung

I don’t know about you, but when I think of this spring, five things immediately come to my mind. Order of priority not withstanding, here they are.

What a relief that I already cleaned up everything I could before the arrival of winter. Read more…

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exotic fragrance

Tuberose oil is a staple scent for perfumery, obtained through chemical extraction by means of concretes and absolutes, and it is one of the most expensive natural fragrances available to perfumers.

Because of the flower’s patrician demeanor and its expensive essence I always thought the tuberose was one of those sophisticated plants that require extraneous amounts of care and pampering Read more…

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colors of the garden

Spring finally decided to grace us with its presence and all I have to say is “Meh!” Not too hot, not too cold, just like the proverbial porridge, and way too late. The garden proceeds according to its own schedule and will look quite pretty when the cheerful daffodils, hyacinths and grape hyacinths bloom. Read more…

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why spring is my favorite season

Spring didn’t come early this year, the daffodils and hyacinths are still struggling with the cold weather.

Last year around this time the grass was sprinkled with violets, the sky was blue and temperatures rose to the high sixties. Read more…

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garden stories

I don’t remember spring in my grandfather’s garden. I can clearly see the hyacinths, the lily of the valley, the pansies, but I don’t remember spring. Time in my grandfather’s garden was set to perpetual summer.

All I remember is warmth and sunshine, thunderous summer downpours, the coos of the doves. Read more…

old rose, old square, old city

Cars and buses hunk horns, light wisps of smoke come out of street grilles, it’s cold. Busy people walk back and forth in the rush before the holidays, noises come from construction sites and little orange cones delineate work areas.

In the middle of all this hustle and bustle stands an old little place of peace and quiet, with torches burning around a tiered neoclassical fountain covered in pigeons. Read more…