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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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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…

heartwarming soups

On 24, Feb 2015 | No Comments | In edibles | By All Year Garden

There is great comfort in a wispy bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day, whether it is the all times favorite, the chicken noodle, the creamy, melty seafood chowder, the sweet crunchy corn kernel, the smooth textured potato cheddar, the sophisticated French onion, the spicy creamy tortilla, the complex broccoli cheese, or the silky lobster bisque, the list could go on forever. Read more…

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february and fruit trees

On 11, Feb 2015 | No Comments | In edibles, plants | By All Year Garden

I gingerly stepped out the door and a blast of cold air threw me back in. It’s February. So much for my gardening enthusiasm, I guess I can stick to potpourri and fragrant sachets for now but since late winter is a good time for tree planting, let’s talk about fruit trees. Read more…

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plants for the new year

On 19, Jan 2015 | No Comments | In plants | By All Year Garden

I really have to start researching new plants for this year’s garden. Every gardener should try at least one new plant a year, it keeps the garden vibrant and gives one opportunities to expand one’s knowledge. Read more…

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…