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DeWiersse

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There is no other place that I go to where I feel as motivated as I do when I am at DeWiersse, it recharges my creativity to full capacity.  It is a difficult balance but I manage as best as I can, all of the sketching, photography, gardening, and arranging.  It a great pleasure to be in such a beautiful environment that I find it hard to sit still, there is too much to do, to see, to enjoy. I…

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Sunday Clippings

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This week’s Sunday Clippings is primarily botanical and horticultural, except for one homage to the museum skulls in Paris. The RHS Herbarium has finally gone virtual and will have new larger headquarters (I remember visiting the cramped shelves, looking over herbarium specimens and paintings of cultivated plants). One casualty of this past year’s brutal winter of 2013-2014 were the fig trees in…

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Plantsman’s Corner: Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’

Plantsman’s Corner: Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’

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‘It is my own fault if I idealize a thistle until the thistle and I both think it is a vine,’  wrote Mary Cholmondeley in her Victorian novel Red Pottage. One may be forgiven to surmise that the famous icy blue clematis that bears her name was so called in this quote’s honour, but alas Mr. Noble named his vine a good 13 years before the famous passage was written. One wonders if Mrs.…

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Perennial Favorites

Shopping at special nurseries off the beaten track, such as Marchants Hardy Plants,  Lewes, East Sussex, UK can yield uncommon good garden plants.

Shopping at special nurseries off the beaten track, such as Marchants Hardy Plants, Lewes, East Sussex, UK can yield uncommon good garden plants.

A good garden should have a few workhouse plants that look good regardless of the growing season, one or two rarities that need a bit of cosseting or sheltered protection, and a smattering of annuals, tender perennials, and bulbs. Pam and Sibylle, the…

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Sunday Clippings

Sunday Clippings
Summer sun at DeWiersse

The cool evenings of summer at DeWiersse, Holland

Sunday Clippings is another short week but hopefully we are all experiencing the beauty of summertime. Sunny days, a little sweat, good meals with inspiring and fun friends, late nights, bike rides and a little bit of spiked lemonade never hurt anyone.  We can all agree we love summer for all the blooms during this glorious season too.  So take a…

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Not for the ladies

It always seems that at weddings the women always get the pleasure of noticeably being the most stylish.

Not for the ladies

It always seems that at weddings the women always get the pleasure of noticeably being the most stylish.

An affair to remember..

An affair to remember..

Dear Eric,

There was a wonderful wedding here in Holland recently, she was a beautiful bride with a radiant smile and he was an equally handsome groom who has a sharp sense of humor,  there were smiles all around. It was a beautiful ceremony, in Dutch and English, delicious food and drink at the reception, and everyone even got in some serious dance time with the amazing band that performed. It…

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Book Review: The Third Plate by Dan Barber

Book Review: The Third Plate by Dan Barber

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In an earlier post Summertime Reading, I had recommended Dan Barker’s The Third Plate, and having bought a copy myself, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Farming is no different from gardening – both involve a human relationship with the environment and both In recent years, the locavore movement has gained significant traction in United States as farmers market and restaurants have sprung up…

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Coastal Reminiscences

Stormy Blues from Cafe View

Dear Jimmy,

As much as I enjoy gardening and seeing gardens, I sometimes welcome a respite. We’re constantly urged to make the last sowings of autumn vegetables and annuals at this time of the year, stake any perennials grown out of bounds, and monitor for insects and diseases. It’s a heady time, the sun high and hot, the air thick and reveberating with cicada song, and the vegetation…

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