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growing fruit trees

Children are usually very excited about growing their own fruit, and even though most urban gardens can’t accommodate an orchard, there are ways to include fruit trees in your landscape. Many of them come in miniature form and can be grown in pots in all but the smallest of spaces, on a patio or a balcony corner. Read more…

holy aloe

I got this aloe plant for medicinal purposes, since aloe gel is a wonderful moisturizer and a great first aid balm for minor scrapes and burns.

At first I couldn’t bring myself to harvest any of its tiny leaves, I thought it needed all of its foliage to adjust to the new location and stabilize what looked like a very unsure bearing, easily uprooted. Read more…

cure for the unrelenting blah

In anticipation of good weather I’m already planning some gardening activities, there are summer bulbs to be planted and perennials beds to be cleaned up for spring.

Plodding through day after day bullied by cloudy skies and bone chilling temperatures, I almost forgot how beautiful the garden is, how exhilarating it is to feel it warm up and try to guess the fresh growth right under the soil surface, almost ready to breach it. Read more…

gardener’s joy

On 07, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

Usually the first frost redirects attention from the garden, which settles down to rest through the winter, towards the heartwarming joys of the year end holidays.
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december planting

On 02, Dec 2015 | No Comments | In plants, wintergarden | By All Year Garden

It turns out it was not too late to plant daffodils after all. I found a large bag waiting sadly on the sales rack and because the relatively mild weather gave me an excuse, I couldn’t help myself. Read more…

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honesty

On 16, Nov 2015 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

There are some annuals you only have to plant once. They will never leave your garden, whether you like it or not, so plan your plantings accordingly. One of them, and frankly, one too pretty to pull with the weeds, is Lunaria Annua, the honesty plant. Read more…

lemon balm

The scent of lemon balm is warm, citrusy and soothing, a fistful of good cheer on a cloudy day. This resilient herb will thrive in any garden and it is not fussy about the soil, sunlight or water, which is why some came to see it as a symbol for overcoming difficulty. Read more…

cooking with lavender

Lavender is of course the go to plant for skin care and aromatherapy, but it can hold its own with the rest of the mints and spices in the kitchen cupboard.

I discovered Herbes de Provence a while back, a spice mix that contains a good quantity of lavender, and it keeps finding its way on every roast and in every stew ever since. Read more…

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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…