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Spring in Motion; Potted Tulips I Have Known

“Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.” – Maya Angelou. As spring approaches, tulip buds emerge from the folds of nurturing leaves. They slowly rise above the verdant embrace, standing ever taller, like a dancer allowing a green shawl to drop away from her shoulders.     Filled with the turgid vigor of youth, the tumescent […]

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Edible Garden Art; The Truth About Espaliers

It’s time to talk about espaliers. Not only because winter and early spring is the best time of year to consider planting or making one – but also because I’ve noticed a couple of mis-conceptions about this useful garden form among my design clients, so I think it’s time for an overview.     A review […]

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Marsala in the Garden; How to Use the Color of the Year

“A naturally robust and earthy wine red” that’s how the color “Marsala” is described by the Pantone Color Institute when introducing their 2015 Color of the Year. “Dramatic and at the same time grounding…it’s red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness”, says the Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman of color #18-1438.     This warm shade compliments almost […]

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Holiday Deco: From the Garden and Back Again

I just can’t seem to do it.  I don’t know why. I just can’t get rid of the dried blossoms and seedpods and various decorative, but slightly dusty, remains of summers beauty.     I just can’t throw out the flowers that have dried so nicely or the sculptural seeds and stems, even when I […]

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Fall Color; East vs West

I’ve been eager for a double-dose of fall this season. It’s probably because I feel like I’ve missed out somewhat by traveling to the southern hemisphere during October or November in recent years.   I’m not complaining, but it has made me extra appreciative of changing leaves and seasonal hues as the days get shorter.   […]

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The High Line; What Makes a Garden?

The best landscapes enable us to see something new or to see something familiar from a new perspective.     That is certainly the case with New York City’s High Line.  Famously created from an elevated rail line and opened to the public in 2009. The story of how this unusual garden went from an […]

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Garden Pickles; Summer in a Jar

Many pickles capture the bounty of summer but this year, my pickles captured the essence of community as well.   I haven’t made pickles in quite a while but I was inspired by the delicious “half-fermented” pickles I sampled at Saul’s Deli, in Berkeley, earlier this year, and decided to make easy refrigerator pickles that don’t […]

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In the Garden; Play, Relax…. Repeat

There’s still time. There’s still a little more time before summer is over, so I always feel the responsibility to make the most of it. Entertaining a few more times, playing a little harder and generally having as much fun as possible in the time available. But, of course, to do that well you also […]

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Foraging; Edible Flowers in a Dry Summer Garden

My garden had some special visitors recently, when my niece and my god-daughter came to visit for a couple of days. The girls both love exploring the outdoors, cooking and learning new things, so it was a natural that we would head out to the garden to see what we could nibble and pick.   […]

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Succulents; Adapting Big Ideas to a Small Space

Even if we don’t all have the means to take advantage of succulents on a grand scale, like some of the West’s famous estate gardens, most of us can find a pocket of space to enjoy a bit of nature’s drought-tolerant botanical-sculpture. The lack of rain in California makes this a good year to have fun with water-wise plantings but even […]

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