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Seashell Cosmos

On 26, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

I don’t know what is going on with the flowers this year, here is another example of a plant I almost gave up on. Cosmos is supposed to start blooming in July and keep on going until it gets cold. So I waited, and waited, and waited, and waited, and waited…. Read more…

grace

A delicate curtain of blue trumpets is gracefully draping the pine tree, vines hanging loosely from the branches, double looping around themselves, weaving in both directions to create a blue and green fall coat for an evergreen tree. Read more…

late fall bloomers

On 13, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In shade | By All Year Garden

No, this is not an orchid. I kind of abandoned the expectation to see any flowers on this plant since it didn’t bloom last year and I moved it to an even shadier location in spring. I have to say that the wait was worth it: can you believe this flower? Read more…

october harvest

On 09, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

The blooming slowed down but the harvest doubled. Every day there are more tomatoes than the day before. I spy them under leaves as I bend and stretch through rose branches and wrought iron trellises. Read more…

pink

On 03, Oct 2011 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

This rose looks almost unreal: perfect petals modestly unfolding to reveal every shade of pink. It’s called Cherries’n Cream and it is not supposed to bloom now. Read more…

peace rose

On 26, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In roses | By All Year Garden

One of the things I like most about this rose is that no two flowers are ever the same. Through the years I have seen a full range of warm pastels: the lightest butter, almost white petals with rose tinged edges, honey yellow, blush rose. Read more…

edible landscape

On 14, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

Look at this beauty! It almost makes me sad to think that it will fade when it bears fruit. As you know, squash blossoms are featured on the select list of edible flowers. I can’t think of a better way to decorate a salad Read more…

morning glories

On 08, Sep 2011 | No Comments | In vines | By All Year Garden

Just when I was wondering why the morning glories stopped blooming I realized they moved up to the tree canopy. I guess sharing trellis space with the cucumbers, sweet peas, and squash was too much for them Read more…

fragrant august

On 01, Aug 2011 | No Comments | In scents | By All Year Garden

You never know what days will make the gardener’s favorite list, or what will put them on it. As I walked out in the garden this morning I was immersed in warm fragrance.

It is hard to describe this scent seeming to come out of nowhere: like any good perfume, it has a base scent – sun baked white garden phlox, mint and ripe fruit accents and a lingering aroma of  linden flower and honey.

This is the gift of August: the maturing fragrance of harvest.

uncommon tomato uses – beauty treatments

On 27, Jul 2011 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

Behold today’s tomato yield, the ever so productive plants bless me with WAY more than I can possibly consume. A fellow blogger commented that gardeners should plant tomatoes so they don’t succumb to the tendency to become lethargic in August. It’s canning time, and salad time, and tomato sauce time, and green tomato preserve time. If you’ve already done all of the above more than once and you still have fresh fruit every day, don’t forget some less common tomato uses, like natural skin care. A honey and tomato face mask provides wonderful rejuvenation for oily, tired skin. Mix the pulp of one ripe tomato with a tablespoon of honey and apply it to the face, careful to avoid the eyes and mouth. Leave it on for as long as it feels comfortable, but not more than 15 minutes, then wash away with cold water. The astringent tomato juice minimizes pores, clears blackheads and reduces oil secretions and the soothing qualities of honey feed the skin, making it bright, smooth and supple.

Also, in case you got sunburned during gardening activities, mix tomato pulp with buttermilk and apply it to the burned area to get relief.