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Boxed In

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Today’s tip is two-fold. Designing a low hedge can be a complicated affair, the options can be endless making it seem like a daunting task.  Take note of different hedges you might come across for future reference, such as the quincunx, which is a pattern of four in the shape of a square with one at the center. If you are still stumped for ideas, look to the windows of churches, mosques or…

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Creative Intersections

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Eric,

I loved reading what you had to say about Orange, your descriptions and images are always so sharp. While you were waxing poetic for the color orange, I was feeling a bit blue having finally left the Netherlands after 3 months of pleasure at DeWiersse. I’m very happy to be back in Madrid, but the change of scenery is always a shock. To compensate missing DeWiersse, I brought a packed…

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“I understand…”

"I understand that the most important encounter in life is the encounter with oneself." - Yves Saint Laurent

“I understand…”

"I understand that the most important encounter in life is the encounter with oneself." - Yves Saint Laurent

Sunday Clippings

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As the cold nights become a reality with autumn, we’re finding ourselves cozying with our warm beverages and blankets thus we are reading more and more. This week’s clippings certainly confirms that – we have the Sydneysider’s subtropical garden with its enviable view of the Sydney Harbor and the cityline, ecological consequences of a warming climate on pine trees and olive oil production, art…

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Summertime Recipes: Fresh Summer Berries and Peaches with Sabayon

Summertime Recipes: Fresh Summer Berries and Peaches with Sabayon

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Summer is a time of intense flavors. There’s nothing quite like the bursting flavor of corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, or berries, delivering  a rush of sweetness to your taste buds. Here, the classic flavors of corn, tomatoes, and basil are combined in a homemade sweet corn ravioli.  Squash blossoms, the beautiful blossoms of the male zucchini, are the perfect appetite teaser.  They are stuffed…

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Summertime Recipes: Sweet Corn Ravioli

Summertime Recipes: Sweet Corn Ravioli

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Summer is a time of intense flavors. There’s nothing quite like the bursting flavor of corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, or berries, delivering  a rush of sweetness to your taste buds. Here, the classic flavors of corn, tomatoes, and basil are combined in a homemade sweet corn ravioli.  Squash blossoms, the beautiful blossoms of the male zucchini, are the perfect appetite teaser.  They are stuffed…

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French melons and plums

French melons and plums

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Farmers’ markets often offer an enticing variety beyond the anemic choice offered at the local supermarket or even big-box convenience stores. The one I like to visit as part of my lazy Sunday ritual has a good mixture of vendors selling baked goods, fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood. One or two vendors always bring uncommon and rare varieties of fruit that are usually easily bought in…

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Summertime Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

Summertime Recipes: Stuffed Zucchini Flowers

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Summer is a time of intense flavors. There’s nothing quite like the bursting flavor of corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, or berries, delivering  a rush of sweetness to your taste buds. Here, the classic flavors of corn, tomatoes, and basil are combined in a homemade sweet corn ravioli.  Squash blossoms, the beautiful blossoms of the male zucchini, are the perfect appetite teaser.  They are stuffed…

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Ghosting

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Agave americana 'Variegata"
Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana ‘Variegata’

In keeping within this weeks parameters of memories, there is a beautiful term, poetic even, of a word used in horticulture. Called ‘ghosting’, it refers to the impressions and markings left on the new succulent leaves, specifically agave, which occurs from the foliage being tightly pressed together as it grows, only revealing itself as the leaves unfurl from the…

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Sojourn- NY

Jennifer Neumann on Bannerman Castle, New York

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An arrangement of stairs set beneath the idyllic Hudson Valley landscape. The landscape, mottled by fresh summer rain, held a damp, earthy scent.  The visit was a step back to a time when traipsing to the family home in the countryside was a luxury for the prosperous seeking to escape the confines of life in New York City. Standing here admiring the worn facade of…

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Sunday Clippings

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This past week’s Sunday Clippings takes on an ecological and agricultural slant rather than a horticultural one. Only one article, a profile of a British potter’s garden, relates to horticulture directly while the remainder concern agriculture (almonds, urban agriculture, and trendy foods), plant classification (the dying of Latin names), and plant ecology (the cell architecture of a tree). Just…

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