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working with annuals

On 12, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

Creating themes with annuals is almost like painting, you can create infinite variations of color, contrasting and analogous harmonies, focal points and diffusion hues. The rules are the same as those of basic color theory, with the difference that the components of your art piece are alive. Read more…

bottled garden

On 06, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In plants, wintergarden | By All Year Garden

There is something very poetic about a garden in a jar. Terraria come in all shapes and sizes and provide the lucky owners with the lowest maintenance gardening gratification there is. Read more…

on the window sill

On 28, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In plants, wintergarden | By All Year Garden

I always felt that amaryllis was too formal a flower, almost artificial in its perfection, until my daughter decided that we should grow one on the window sill and picked this bulb. Its name is “Picotee” and it graced our home for over five years. Read more…

white camellias

On 25, Dec 2014 | No Comments | In plants, wintergarden | By All Year Garden

We arrived in Fairhope the day after Christmas, when a forty five degree chill accompanied a spectacular orange, purple and crimson sunset on the bay. The camellias were in bloom, contradicting the holiday decorations and the season altogether. Read more…

rose breeding

On 10, Jun 2014 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

For rose aficionados the really creative work happens during rose breeding. The process of creating new roses is lengthy and the success rate is very low, but if you are a daring gardener, it goes something like this. Read more…

keeping roses healthy

On 10, Jun 2014 | No Comments | In plants, roses | By All Year Garden

Having healthy roses is more about prevention than it is about cure. Give the shrubs plenty of space to prevent moisture from sticking to their leaves, make sure they have at least six, preferably eight hours of full sun a day Read more…

medicinal foods

On 06, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

Stinging nettles are quite amazing plants, full of qualities both medicinal and nutritional, but who cares when their blistering touch burns like judgment and brings you to tears?

Setting aside the fact that in the old days people allowed themselves to be whipped with nettles as a folk remedy against arthritis Read more…

wound healers

On 06, Mar 2014 | No Comments | In medicinals, plants | By All Year Garden

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…

aloe the magnificent

On 03, Feb 2014 | No Comments | In medicinals | By All Year Garden

Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck didn’t seem to agree this year. I’m not mad at Phil, I’m sure he is a wonderful groundhog, but six more weeks of winter? Doesn’t he remember we had snow in November? Read more…

at the end of harvest

On 26, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I picked the last of the veggies today, happy to see the carrots really developed roots and sad to mark the end of this year’s gardening season. Despite the chaotic mess the little vegetable patch was reasonably productive (see table) Read more…