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You Can Never Turn Your Back on a Garden

Or, Hope Springs Eternal under a Gardener’s Spade (Dear Reader – What I am about to tell you is the plain unvarnished sober truth. I do solemnly swear this on the Good Garden Book of all time. We confess it, … Continue reading

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Ranger’s Summer

This was a summer to remember. Usually summers are sleepy for Ranger. And for us, too, because our story is part of his story and his story is part of the garden’s story. Summers are just too hot to get … Continue reading

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How Bayer’s Bug-Killer Got Hitched to Monsanto’s Weed-Killer

Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole It was a spectacular June affair. Monsanto was Matron of Honor for Roundup (Lizzie Borden of Weed-Killers), and Bayer was Best Man for Neonics (Godfather of Bug-Killers). The Department of Justice was Justice of the … Continue reading

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Summer After the Winter of Three Degrees

The Pittosporum Rout What a fickle gardener I am! Pittosoporum were hit hard after last winter, harder than we thought. We assumed they would bounce back by midsummer, but they didn’t. Reasonable rainfall might have promoted growth, but more than … Continue reading

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A Passion for Purple

I must be growing old. . . for I have developed a passion for purple. Which brings to mind the first verse of Jenny Joseph’s poem, Warning. “When I grow old I shall wear purple With a red hat which … Continue reading

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Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

The Whodunnit Behind Tiffany’s Flowers Lit Up in Glass We were supposed to be exploring pocket gardens and parks in lower Manhattan, but it was one of those bleak rainy days that turns a three-mile, 15-minute cab ride into a … Continue reading

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The Winter of Three Degrees Part II of III

Raiders of the Winter Garden Yup, that’s what they are. Come out in the cold to sample Green Plate Specials and hunker down for the winter as if they owned the place. Ah, those plants with tender leaves, hors d’oeuvres … Continue reading

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The Winter of Three Degrees Part I of III

Or, Exposure Exposure Exposure. . .And More I can already hear our northern friends laughing. You can’t be wringing your hands over Three Degrees! Three posts devoted to a cold winter! You Southern Softies! Don’t expect us to feel sorry … Continue reading

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Nature’s Caretakers

Foxy Friends lead the way. That is what we gardeners are. Nature’s Caretakers. We’re on the front lines, holding back a people-scape that creeps into wild places where animals roam free. We don’t usually think of ourselves as holding a … Continue reading

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With Sincerest Apologies to the Daffodils in my Garden

Oh daffodils, sweet daffodils, my sweet sweet daffodils, Wherefore art thou? Fain wouldst I look upon your sunny countenance Daily I seek your bright orbs reflected in mine own imperfect orbs But if thine eye forever be cast down from … Continue reading

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