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The Kitchen Garden
2024-04-15 18:43
Starting the kitchen garden is a highly anticipated event every year. The garden is not complete until the veggies are in the ground. I got so used to transplanting seedlings, home grown… Read More
Planting By The Moon
2024-04-09 01:23
The simple rule of planting by the moon is crops grown for their leaves or fruit should be planted during the waxing phase, and those grown for their roots, while the moon is waning, but th… Read More
Rose Fragrances
2024-04-02 13:24
There isn’t a rose fragrance, there are several. The heavy rose fragrance we’re all familiar with comes from the Damasks – Ispahan and Kazanlak – which are the in… Read More
Designing The Wild
2024-03-27 15:56
The most common colors for native flowers are white, yellow and purple, and if you intend to recreate the look of a wild meadow, this is the color scheme you should keep in mind. Meadows… Read More
Sunshine Smiles
2024-03-18 19:15
When I was a child, lesser celandines, or fig buttercups, were favorites of the spring menu, eagerly awaited, as the first greens of the season, for their fresh peppery taste. Lesser cel… Read More
The Bones Of The Garden
2024-03-14 00:01
Gardens crave order, underlying structure; they need it to thrive and look beautiful. Whether that structure relies on geometric symmetry, as strictly enforced by the French and Italian… Read More
Uncommon Perennials
2024-03-06 18:33
Passionate gardeners are always on the lookout for rare perennials, and over the years, I found a few gems, as reliable as they are beautiful. First, the plant in the picture is a classi… Read More
2024-02-29 00:08
Enjoying the garden is a tactile experience, and that usually comes as a surprise. We don’t pay enough attention to the sensation of soft grass, or a chamomile lawn under our bare… Read More
2024-02-22 17:13
There is nothing particularly attractive about February, the weather is dreadful and summer is way off in the distance. It’s too soon to start planting, even indoors, and the gar… Read More
2024-02-17 02:52
The beginning of February used to mark the midpoint of winter, and I so wish that were still true! The cold season starting close to Christmas, almost a month later than it used to, puts… Read More
2024-01-27 02:50
It’s rainy and warm, a lot more like March than January. I worry a little bit that the bulbs are going to emerge ahead of their time, I can already see leaves and I’m pretty sur… Read More
2024-01-19 13:39
Strangely enough, perfumers categorize fragrances by color, because the mind connects the scents to the images they evoke. Green perfumes boast notes of vetiver, citrus,&n&helli…Read More
2024-01-04 21:18
Nature stepped quietly into the end of the year, wrapped in a sleepy drizzle that turned to fog before it touched the ground. The landscape looks unreal under the powdery mist, soothed b… Read More
2023-12-28 16:58
Planting the bulbs marked the end of this year’s gardening activities, and not a moment too soon: winter is coming in style, and it seems it prefers to follow the calendar this year… Read More
2023-12-21 13:42
If you love root division, you’ll be happy to know that it works for bulbs too, via scaling, slicing, scooping and scoring. Scaling is a propagation method that seems almost custom… Read More
2023-12-15 17:44
The calendar says winter is here, but nature begs to differ. It’s still so warm and humid, a weather pattern that used to manifest itself in November, and which keeps advancing toward… Read More
2023-12-08 20:19
The healing powers attributed to calendulas make even enthusiastic herbalists roll their eyes sometimes. No, it’s not the universal botanical remedy, but it’s defin… Read More
2023-12-02 20:04
Terraria seem to have come back in fashion, during my last trip to the plant nursery I’ve seen containers of all shapes and sizes ready to be filled with live plants and sealed. I&rsq&helli…Read More
2023-11-24 19:24
Nature reached its ugly late fall phase and I’m cooped up indoors with my tender perennials which decided to bloom indoors, just to show they care.  I hate November, it’… Read More
2023-11-21 17:29
When you plant bulbs, whether that happens in fall or spring, don’t forget to mix in a good measure of bone meal into the dirt, to help them set in and give them some food for the fir… Read More
2023-10-22 15:38
Tuberose oil is a staple scent for perfumery, obtained through chemical extraction by means of concretes and absolutes, and it is one of the most expensive natural fragrances available to p… Read More
2023-10-07 01:16
Since the beginning of my gardening journey I wished for a fragrance garden, so I planted the well known scented flowers like sweet peas, lilies, and carnations. The gar… Read More
2023-09-30 17:48
Have you ever wondered what it takes to bring the sophisticated and aristocratic vanilla bean to you? I thought about it many times and figured if I ever had a greenhouse this would be… Read More
2023-09-22 19:39
It is amazing what special status roses have in gardens! A gardener will move a tree, completely restructure a flower bed and change the location of a patio before they decide to touch an e… Read More
2023-09-14 15:44
I always thought of goldenrod as a dyer’s plant and was surprised to learn that it has medicinal properties. Its Latin name, Solidago, literally means “to make whole&rdq&helli…Read More
2023-09-01 18:08
The buds of lily flowering tulips remind us of their Turkish ancestry: they have an hourglass shape that opens up at the top, like a vase.  Their color range is not as ext… Read More
2023-08-25 22:55
I don’t even know how this picture happened, there is so much sunshine in the vegetable garden that getting such a dramatic shadow effect seems almost impossible. Sometimes the c… Read More
2023-08-17 23:19
I don’t know how many people grew up with fruit compote as a staple of their diet. My grandparents made it throughout the summer to preserve fruit for the win… Read More
2023-08-07 01:46
Judging by the yield table, this year I planted a tomato garden. Sure I started with a variety of vegetables, but that was just my wishful thinking and the garden always has… Read More
2023-07-28 21:58
The garden is six weeks ahead, it’s been so warm! In the unseasonable heat the midsummer flowers are pressing ahead: lilies, hostas, bee balms, daisies, dayli… Read More
2023-07-07 01:12
I would like to tell you a story about a gardener who grew up in the city. In her late twenties she decided to get a potted tomato plant. The plant sprouted a few tentative leaves and event… Read More
2023-06-28 06:11
After last year’s frigid winter I feared I lost the tea roses, whose canes are not as winter hardy as the shrub varieties’. With a heavy heart and a&nbs&helli…Read More
2023-06-17 02:54
There is an amazing quality vegetables have to mature unnoticed right under your nose until one morning you look closer to see them fully grown. If you’ll look at the pictures fr… Read More
2023-06-02 04:57
Because of the very late start of the season the annuals are a few weeks behind schedule. Not the tomatoes, mind you, they tower over the garden dwarfing their companion… Read More
2023-05-26 16:51
Perennial gardens look their best in May. It is the month of peonies and roses, irises and bleeding hearts. Everything is fresh and green in May, with none of the dusty, dried up tiredness… Read More
2023-05-20 17:16
Three major factors contribute to the health of your skin: good nutrition and general wellbeing, good conditioning and removing dead cells and impurities. Good n… Read More
2023-05-13 18:23
There are two strong antiseptics directly extracted from plants: one is tea tree oil, only found in the leaves of the Australian plant, and the other one is thymol… Read More
2023-05-11 01:47
The procedure for creating new roses is lengthy and the success rate is very low, but if you are really passionate about roses and you must make your own, it goes something like this. … Read More
2023-04-28 15:29
Here is next year’s garden, well, at least part of it, anyway. The seeds will go into labeled little bags and wait for spring. The peppercorn look-alikes are four o’clock s… Read More
2023-04-14 16:58
Speaking of thyme, it is a very old and reputable aromatic plant, valued both as a kitchenand as a medicinal herb. Due to its high thymol content it has been g… Read More
2023-03-31 19:25
The garden is still hesitating, the larger flowers haven’t sprung yet but the tiny ones coverthe flower beds with a cheerful patchwork of mostly blue blossoms. The… Read More
2023-03-24 20:00
Most gardeners, sometimes not knowingly, have an idealized image of what a garden should be and aspire to recreate it, slightly altered of course by the real conditions of&nb&helli…Read More
2023-03-11 17:14
Daffodils on the table next to the laptop, I plan next year’s garden. It always seems wise to plan until the first heart melting primrose or wallflower grabs hold… Read More
2023-03-03 23:05
The garden wore blue and white flowers for Easter, really pretty and fresh in the sunlight. The blue-eyed Marys dressed the soil under the crab… Read More
2023-02-24 14:38
It rained after a long time, it rained over the wilderness of the garden, over the random mishmash of overgrown stems and flowers. As in years past, the garden pays homage to my free rein h… Read More
2023-02-18 23:10
I can’t figure out the precise point when a fast spreading plant becomes a ground cover. Some, like ivy, periwinkle and the beautiful blue flowering plumbago in the picture, are quite… Read More
2023-02-12 19:13
I don’t even know how this picture happened, there is so much sunshine in the vegetable garden that getting such a dramatic shadow effect seems almost impossible. Sometimes the c… Read More
2023-02-02 00:41
Having healthy roses is more about prevention than it is about cure. Give the shrubsplenty of space to prevent moisture from sticking to their leaves, make sure they have at least… Read More
2023-01-16 23:09
I dug up a beautiful decorative bottle from the closet and made opal basil infused vinegar. You have to go out in the garden and pick very fresh deep purple basil stems right… Read More
2023-01-09 22:54
This morning I stepped out of the house into an frozen slushy fairytale. It snowed all night, and right after dawn the luminous contours of the icy branches glowed … Read More
2023-01-04 04:24
The date of the last frost came and went and I eagerly set out to plant this year’s vegetable garden. I will say the seedlings were ‘hardened’ for a couple… Read More
2022-12-26 01:37
Roses have earned the dubious privilege of being considered sensitive and difficult to grow. This is not entirely true of course, a rose planted in a climate that favors its devel… Read More
2022-12-11 21:56
Have you noticed that there are certain foods you cook just because you are sure you’ll love them, despite the fact you never eat more than three spoonfuls at a time? Here’s to… Read More
2022-12-03 02:46
When I started my vegetable garden I embraced the tradition of planting “kitchen gardenflowers” to make it look pretty. A potager is beautiful enough in and of it… Read More
2022-11-25 22:31
If you give a green thumb a flower bulb she’ll probably want to plant it, so she’ll need a pot filled with good potting soil. When the weather becomes pleasant she will want to… Read More
2022-11-20 00:16
I am grateful for the rain after the mini-drought in September, one can almost feel how relieved the plants are to have their flowers and leaves washed clean and replenish th… Read More
2022-11-15 16:28
I got this aloe plant for medicinal purposes, since aloe gel is a wonderful moisturizer and a great first aid balm for minor scrapes and burns.  At first I couldn’t… Read More
2022-11-11 22:34
It was very warm outside when I took this picture, and it’s been like that for a while now. Usually when warm weather lingers so long into the fall, the spring bulbs get confused and… Read More
2022-10-30 02:02
I wondered what gave the hostas their impressive golden foliage last year, and I learned that it was a combination of crisp sunny days, chilly nights and adequate water. Since the cond… Read More
2022-10-25 16:53
Fluffy fuzzy woolly bear caterpillar. When it eventually undergoes metamorphosis it turns into a Tiger Moth (one of the rare cases when the caterpillar is much prettier than the adult).&nbs&helli…Read More
2022-10-18 00:06
You look at this modest spice and find it hard to believe than all through Antiquity and the Middle Ages it was more valuable than gold. Pepper was the first of the exotic spices to reac… Read More
2022-10-11 01:07
It is not the change of the seasons or the succession of blooms that keep your garden always new, but the light. It completely re-frames the views making you see familiar places for the fir… Read More
2022-10-02 01:05
It was hot the morning we arrived at Palau Reial, the fiery Catalan sun bore down on us relentlessly. The palace had originally been built for count Eusebi Guell, who was an enthusiastic su… Read More
2022-09-30 00:47
September is the month to expand your flower beds or make changes to established ones: the weather does not stress the plants and as t… Read More
2022-09-17 00:38
The difference between a cream and a salve is that salves always contain beeswax and they are a lot firmer (think lip balm).  A salve is a blend of oil and beeswax in… Read More
2022-09-04 22:48
A wise person once said that without a gardener there is no garden. As a dedicated green thumb I can testify to the great investment in time and effort that is required to maintain the gard… Read More
2022-09-02 13:31
What are you doing, cold weather beauty? Not only it is two months ahead of schedule (toad lilies bloom at the end of October), but it picked the hottest day of the month to s… Read More
2022-08-14 22:43
Walking through the garden I realized I seem to have more luck with the shaded areas than those with full sun exposure. The logical reason for this quirky… Read More
2022-08-08 14:47
Have you noticed how many beautiful ground covers fall into the creepy category? Creeping phlox, creeping veronicas, creeping Jenny? These plants usually spread by runners,&nb&hell…Read More
2022-07-30 23:49
I can’t tell you what a treat this is for me! I’ve been trying to grow this plant for years but for some reason it didn’t like my garden at all. I am very fo… Read More
2022-07-24 15:46
The healing powers attributed to calendulas make even trained herbalists roll their eyes sometimes. No, it’s not the universal botanical remedy, but it’s definitely a s… Read More
Stinging Nettles
2022-07-11 00:59
Stinging nettles are quite amazing plants, full of qualities both medicinal and nutritional, but who cares when their blistering touch burns like judgment and brings you to tears?… Read More
Simply Radiant
2022-07-05 16:21
I can’t tell you how many times I walked through the garden enchanted by the abundance of flowers and wished I could share its beauty, but the pictures didn’t refl… Read More
2022-07-01 17:43
There is a rabbit burrow under the giant honeysuckle bush in the front yard, I just know it. There must be one, I see its residents regularly, munching on chamomile and fresh bulb growth.&nb&hell…Read More
Plant Based Dyes
2022-06-16 12:50
Long before the dawn of synthetic dyes, the world of textiles was enchanting us with warm brick reds, stunning fuchsias, royal purples, electric blues, moss greens and bright… Read More
Blessed Summer
2022-06-05 22:50
An image for those dreary days in February or November when you can’t see the end of grueling chores, when your back hurts, your feet freeze and your hands bleed from all the raking an… Read More
Herb Of The Animals
2022-05-28 23:25
In old Thracian mythology Vincetoxicum hirundinaria, the white swallow-wort, nicknamed Herb of the Animals, was thought to possess powerful magic that could open any lock. A gentle… Read More
2022-05-22 21:34
As a child I used to watch with fascination as my grandfather’s hands gently teased apart leaves and flowers and spread them over paper towels to dry in attic. That attic looked like t… Read More
Cottage Garden Roses
2022-05-21 20:16
When a cottage garden is well designed it makes you forget the planning that went into creating it and takes over by establishing new hierarchies, thriving on apparent randomness and develop… Read More
Stormy Weather
2022-05-14 19:33
It is summer already, I think. Certainly feels like it most of the time, which is why the clematis didn’t stay in bloom as long as it usually does. I spent the last two days waiting fo… Read More
2022-05-08 01:00
Gardeners often forget the touchable appeal of texture in the landscape – the soft chenilles of tall grasses, the hairy stems of chamomile, the fuzzy wands of gayfe… Read More
French Lilacs
2022-04-30 23:44
There is a gentle slope leading to the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, a path designed to encourage reverence and introspection.  It doesn’t wind at all, so that during the pr… Read More
2022-04-23 19:21
The Hemingway Memorial house in Key West is home to a particular breed of cats. These descendants of the writer’s favorite pets enjoy luxurious accommodations on the museum grounds and… Read More
The Understory
2022-04-18 01:42
Early April is a critical time for the understory, which gets a head start in the sunshine before the large trees leaf out. Forests turn green from the ground up, starting with the lowest la… Read More
2022-04-14 23:07
Everybody has dreams, cherished desires of their heart, someday stories. Often life gets in the way and worries and responsibilities take ownership of pieces of your life like squi… Read More
2022-04-14 15:06
Most gardeners, often unknowingly, have an idealized image of what a garden should look like, and aspire to recreate it, adapted, of course, to the actual conditions of their site. Mine is a… Read More
An Eighty Acre Garden
2022-03-30 22:50
Do you know why I enjoy mixing perfumes? Imagine an open field of roses, extending as far as the eyes can see, an eighty acre garden. Hundreds of thousands of bushels of rose petals get pick… Read More
Splendid Hellebores
2022-03-28 00:09
Hellebores are almost too good to be true. They grow in the shade, start blooming in February and their flowers last until August. Somewhere in between they produce seed that volunteers… Read More
The Garden Of Remembrance
2022-03-25 16:39
I walk the foot wide dirt path between the flower beds, careful not to get scratched by the landscaping roses covered in clusters of red flowers. To the left, flanking the fence, cosmos and… Read More
Seashell Cosmos
2022-03-21 00:09
Very understated, these flowers. They usually grow with abandon in sun-drenched meadows and give you an eye full of every shade of pink, white and magenta imaginable.  I remember playin… Read More
2022-03-19 18:40
The first time I saw an herb garden I thought it weird. Why would one want to waste so much space in the sunshine to grow plants that for the most part don’t bloom? I guess my budding… Read More
2022-03-17 16:28
The country garden relies on scent just as much as it does on color and texture. Gertrude Jekyll popularized this garden design, praising the care free style of cottage perennials.  Old… Read More
2022-03-07 02:00
I always plant tulips. I’ve had beautiful ruffled pink ones, and fringed parrot ones, standard, […] Read More
2022-02-27 17:53
February is not the loveliest of months, but it has one redeeming quality: it’s seed […] Read More
2022-02-07 22:08
February weather is so predictable. The second you get comfortable with the balmy temperatures, a […] Read More
2022-01-30 19:46
Please admire the mighty sage, which took over the herb garden during the summer, before […] Read More
2022-01-10 14:06
This is what I love about gardening, there is always something new and exciting to […] Read More
2021-12-20 17:35
If you were wondering what happens to your perennials during their winter hibernation, here goes. […] Read More

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