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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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Dear Jimmy: Ode to Orange

Dear Jimmy: Ode to Orange

Orange slices sprinkled with paprika
"Orange and Red on Red" by Mark Rothko (image courtesy of The Phillips Collection)

“Orange and Red on Red” by Mark Rothko (image courtesy of The Phillips Collection)

Dear Jimmy:
As I leaf through the spring bulb catalogues and mark the daffodil and tulip varieties of interest, I notice that I am finding the orange ones appealing (apart from white and black). Perhaps orange is such an unexpected color in spring – its warm piquancy in sharp contrast to the cooler vernal tones.…

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Sunday Clippings

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The last of the summer holiday (Labor Day weekend in US) has passed and things have returned to normalcy as kids return to school, employees report to work regularly, and stores are stocked with the latest fall and winter fashions. By no means have warm days disappeared – today’s mercury will hit at least 90 degrees F as if summer refuses to loosen its grip for fall. This week’s Sunday Clippings…

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Annuals for Late Summer

Annuals for Late Summer

A field of Cosmos bipinnatus in full flower

If perennials are steady gatekeepers who modulate conversations and table settings, then annuals are the effervescent guests that bring much gaiety and laughter to the scene. Annuals can be boisterous gatecrashers. The gardener might be forgiven for overlooking annuals during spring and early summer as spring bulbs and perennials like delphiniums, Oriental poppies, and peonies are at their…

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The Shift

IMG_2417Every year it happens, it’s seasonal, cyclical, a mental shift, occurring earlier or later of which we have no control. Time flies by,  with spring swirling into summer, too entranced by the beauty of the garden to stop and breathe. The early seasons are extroverts, flaunting us with blossoms who boast with color or scent, parading past us day after day. It’s happening already here in Holland,…

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Time is…

Time is the longest distance between two places.  - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Time is…

Time is the longest distance between two places.  - Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

Sunday Clippings

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It seems that July has leapfrogged to September for the hot muggy days associated with August have not materialized, replaced with comfortable daytime temperatures of mid 70s to low 80s and cool nights of high 50s and low 60s. Peaches and apricots are already giving way to apples and pears, although plums are still going strong as evidenced in the recipe for easy plum ice cream. This month…

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Anatomy of a Garden: Private Garden, Australia

Anatomy of a Garden: Private Garden, Australia

Color is subservient to form and texture - though  self-sowing Lychnis coronaria is a shot of vivid magenta, the planting's forte is its contrasting interplay of form and textures as the budding cymes of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' among the lacy Pelargonium denticulatum and silvery fine-leafed Westringia fruticosa.
The garden is essentially a series of interlocking terraces, like a stack of wooden boxes asymmetrically arranged, that affords several vantage points towards the neighbors' homes and the brackish River Derwent. The plantings are still raw, but eventually will fill out, softening the hard edges of the wooden walls.

The garden is essentially a series of interlocking terraces, like a stack of wooden boxes asymmetrically arranged, that affords several vantage points towards the neighbors’ homes and the brackish River Derwent. The plantings are still raw, but eventually will fill out, softening the hard edges of the wooden walls.

Buoyant from seeing my friend’s garden a few times, the client exclaimed: “I want…

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5-10-5: John Pastoriza-Piñol, botanical illustrator

5-10-5: John Pastoriza-Piñol, botanical illustrator

A close-up study of a Nymphaea flower and its bud.

John and I were introduced through a mutual acquaintance when I was living in Australia. Funnily enough I first saw his work exhibited at the RHS London Flower Show a few years ago prior to our meeting. We bonded over our love of the arts and plants, and even caught up during his trips to United States. John has exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally, including New York and…

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