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Weeds are flowers..

'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.' - A.A. Milne, British Author, most famously known for Winnie-the-Pooh

Weeds are flowers..

'Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.' - A.A. Milne, British Author, most famously known for Winnie-the-Pooh

Sunday Clippings

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A tardy landing for Sunday Clippings means time whittled away in the garden rather than on the front porch sipping lemonade or cocktail! The weeds are growing rapidly as well as the desired subjects in the gardens, and the more we weed, the more they tend to appear everywhere! It’s a good feeling to see the tangible results since gardening rarely produces immediate effects! This week’s Sunday…

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Fragile and Resilent as a Poppy

Fragile and Resilent as a Poppy

Dear Jimmy,

Late May to early June is usually a jubilant time for me – the late spring growth has rapidly matured, the evenings stretch longer, and the vitality of foliage, still pristine and relatively unmarred, awakens the eyes jaded from winter. It is too the time of poppies -even the name ‘Poppy’ itself has a playful, pop-up art connotation, a concept that doesn’t take itself too seriously.…

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Summertime Reading

If you’re an experienced gardener like ourselves, chances are that you may have purged your horticultural library of books that are visually arresting, but offer little way of substance. One may argue that it is impossible to have too many gardening books – although I disagree about holding on some titles. After going through a phase of English-garden mania, I’ve given away or donated several…

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DeWiersse

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DeWiersse, West Lawn

West Lawn vista

Eric,

Since speaking last, I have traded “¡Olé!” for allée‘s and taken some time away from Spain to visit friends in the Netherlands, in a garden that has had so much influence on me. A few years ago, I spent some time here as a student and found the garden to have a large impact on my way of thinking about, experiencing, and approaching garden design. (This is where I read…

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Dutch Delight

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Traditions regularly weave their way through our lives, being passed from one generation to another without written instruction, following what those have done for ages before us. Some of these we enjoy, others not so much.  One beautiful Dutch tradition takes place on birthdays and is usually orchestrated by your immediate family members.  On their birthday, the person is celebrated with their…

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‘For those who…’

"For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home." -Simon Van Booy, British author, Everything Beautiful Began After  

‘For those who…’

"For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home." -Simon Van Booy, British author, Everything Beautiful Began After  

Sunday Clippings

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This week’s Sunday Clippings is relatively short – would it be that longer sunnier warm days are luring us out more and more? The garden is at its fullest growth as we struggle to keep apace with weeds, staking, and planting before the heat slows things down except for tropicals and annuals. There is an article on the Italian estate and garden La Foce in Tuscany – seducing us with dreams of…

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Plantsman Corner: Convallaria majalis

Plantsman Corner: Convallaria majalis

The colonizing trait of Convallaria majalis either can be a blessing or curse depending on the gardener.
In the second of the series Plantsman Corner, Philippe Lévesque reflects on the lily of the valley, its cultivation, and its varieties. DSC_0532‘Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming, in the fragrant vernal days, is the lily of the valley with its soft, retiring ways’ The words of Paul Lawrence Dunbar resonate now as they have done for people for a century.  It might be because of its humble stature and…

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Le Muguet

Lucas Albert Durer (1828-1919) ~ Lily of the Valley (Image Credit: windypoplarsroom); Durer successfully evokes the lily of the valley's cultivation conditions - partially shaded woodland conditions that ferns prefer as well.
Lucas Albert Durer (1828-1919) ~ Lily of the Valley (Image Credit: windypoplarsroom); Durer successfully evokes the lily of the valley's cultivation conditions - partially shaded woodland conditions that ferns prefer as well.

Lucas Albert Durer (1828-1919) ~ Lily of the Valley (Image Credit: windypoplarsroom); Durer successfully evokes the lily of the valley’s cultivation conditions – partially shaded woodland conditions that ferns prefer as well.

Last year, I presented my mother with a bouquet of lily of the valley for Mother’s Day. Her delight repaid the time and effort to pick and transport the flowers carefully,…

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Sunday Clippings

Sunday Clippings

Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’, Begonia Rex, and grapes

Heavy on the topics of horticulture and food, we welcome you to this weeks edition of Sunday Clippings.  The plant world is abuzz with the happenings of the Chelsea Flower Show, but there are our other faves too, paintings, ceramics, the Hermès rooftop garden(!!), and a slew of other things to drool over.  We leave you this week, showing some…

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