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painted trees

For the less romantically inclined among us, who don’t get misty eyed over nature’s autumnal carnival of color but would like to know why the leaves turn, here is the full prose version of it.

Foliage comes with three pigments: green – the chlorophyll, yellow-orange – the carotenoids, and reddish-purple – the anthocyanins. Read more…

cottage garden roses

When a cottage garden is well designed it makes you forget the planning that went into creating it and takes over by establishing new hierarchies, thriving on apparent randomness and developing a personality of its own. Read more…

painting with light

It is not the change of the seasons or the succession of blooms that keep your garden always new, but the light. It completely re-frames the views making you see familiar places for the first time again. Read more…

fall hostas

On 28, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In plants, shade | By All Year Garden

The hostas bloomed like never before this year, in my garden and everywhere else, proving to unenthusiastic gardeners how stunning they can really be. Read more…

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mighty zucchini

On 23, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In advice, edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Of the numerous varieties of squash available I decided to choose the one that grows larger than my garden. These summer zucchini plants are gigantic and determined the location I chose for them is not adequate in terms of real estate so they sprawled over the concrete walkway completely blocking it. Read more…

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round fruit

On 15, Sep 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Most suburban dwellers don’t have the space and the sun exposure required to grow pumpkins, the big round fruit has a sprawling growth habit and an unruly disposition that doesn’t endear it to its tamer vegetable companions. Read more…

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charming blue

Gardens have personalities, just like people. You can plant your garden, but it will decide what stays and what goes. Mine decided it likes blue flowers. Maybe it is the clay soil that gives the plants the alkaline mix they need, maybe it’s the dappled shade that promotes the growth of woodland bulbs, I don’t know, but my plants tend to shift to the blue-violet end of the spectrum. Read more…

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lavender

Lavender is a wonderful herb for skin care. Its essential oil heals sunburn, irritation, bites and scrapes, improves the texture and tone of blemish prone skin and is so gentle it can be applied undiluted to the skin. Read more…

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old-fashioned heirlooms

On 24, Aug 2015 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

When a cottage garden is well designed it makes you forget the planning that went into creating it and takes over by establishing new hierarchies, thriving on apparent randomness and developing a personality of its own. Read more…

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natural disinfectant

There are two strong antiseptics directly extracted from plants: one is tea tree oil, only found in the leaves of the Australian plant, and the other one is thymol, a potent antimicrobial found in thyme and oregano, a substance bee balms also have in abundance. Read more…

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