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colors of the garden

Spring finally decided to grace us with its presence and all I have to say is “Meh!” Not too hot, not too cold, just like the proverbial porridge, and way too late. The garden proceeds according to its own schedule and will look quite pretty when the cheerful daffodils, hyacinths and grape hyacinths bloom. Read more…

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why spring is my favorite season

Spring didn’t come early this year, the daffodils and hyacinths are still struggling with the cold weather.

Last year around this time the grass was sprinkled with violets, the sky was blue and temperatures rose to the high sixties. Read more…

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garden stories

I don’t remember spring in my grandfather’s garden. I can clearly see the hyacinths, the lily of the valley, the pansies, but I don’t remember spring. Time in my grandfather’s garden was set to perpetual summer.

All I remember is warmth and sunshine, thunderous summer downpours, the coos of the doves. Read more…

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…


If you were to ask me what was in this pot the simple answer would be snow covered dirt but simple answers, though factually accurate, usually don’t address the question. Read more…

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Since the first stages of planning a garden I envisioned it with a sundial. Said time piece remained in the planning stages ever since, a beautiful shifting target always a day away. I can’t make up my mind about the material, the finish level, the style. Read more…

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cold and early

I am grateful for the rain after the mini-drought in September, one can almost feel how relieved the plants are to have their flowers and leaves washed clean and replenish their exhausted water reserves. The zinnia blossoms shine with a renewed vigor that makes their petals shimmer like metal in the cloud filtered light. Read more…

again with the freezing!

I haven’t written in a while, partly because whatever I had to say, garden wise, went to keep The Weekly Gardener current (with under the sea fare, exotic far away locations with spices, hopes and dreams, and garden color theory), Read more…

the cat in the greenhouse

On 11, Oct 2012 | 4 Comments | In the daily gardener | By All Year Garden

I was visiting our local garden store to buy a few needed items for seed starting and get some ideas for next season’s planting. I must confess that every time I step inside a garden store I lose track of time Read more…

fall? what fall?

I would probably write a nostalgic and bittersweet fall article about the cooling of the weather and the turning of the leaves if it weren’t so obvious that summer will carry us through at least a couple more months until it decides to mellow out towards a season that we are all accustomed to call winter, but doesn’t share any of the characteristics of it. Read more…