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Picotee Hellebore

Hellebores; Early Garden Beauties

A true friend plays well with others and brings you cheer when you need it most – that would be a good description of a garden Hellebore. Early blooming and thriving in the shade of trees or deciduous shrubs, Hellebore plants are a fine addition to many tricky garden spaces.           […]

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orange urn water fountain hidden basin

Urn It; A Very Versatile Water Feature

Water; too much or too little. Either way, water and its power are central to the concept of a garden. To those of us in the West, and parts of the world where the presence of water is less dependable and less abundant than we would like, we take our cues from the garden-makers of […]

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Sedum Ogon Yellow

Succulent Style; Problem-Solving with Stonecrop Sedums

Want to solve the world’s problems? Yeah, me too…but today I’ll settle for a few specifics in the garden.   The movement toward using less water in the landscape, along with the human urge to seek novelty and beauty, has created a huge interest in succulent plants for years. Succulents are generally described as plants […]

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Geranium Biokovo with spirea

Mistaken Identity; True Geraniums Deserve a Place in The Garden

Think you love ‘em or think you hate ‘em? Either way, geraniums are often misunderstood.   Long appreciated in the UK, true Geraniums (aka Hardy Geraniums) are not as well known in the US.  The biggest part of the problem is that, historically, we have had a case of mistaken identity. The flamboyantly colorful plants that […]

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Evolving Ideas; Celebrating Botanical Milestones

  This is the time of year where we traditionally reflect on the past as well as look forward to the future. There have been a number of important anniversaries to celebrate this past year; 800 years since the Magna Carta, 250 years since the first French restaurant – and yes, 30 years since Saturday […]

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A Gift From The Garden; Native Groundcover Makes a Perfect Drink

Soothing and refreshing, all at the same time, a cup of tea centers me and gives a pleasant pause. The heady scent, of mint in particular, brings both comfort and focus. Sipping something warm and fragrant provides a meditative moment that can warm the body and soothe the soul.     Technically a flavorful herb […]

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Dipltaxis Rocket Flowers with Pollinator

Wild Arugula; Delicious Low-Water Beauty

  What edible plant takes little summer water, contributes color to the landscape and adds flavor to salads, pestos and more? Answer; Common Arugula’s louder, brighter, cousin “Wild Rocket”. This assertive member of the mustard family, Diplotaxis tenuifolia, is also known as Sand Rocket, Italian Rocket, Rucola Sylvetta and Rustic Arugula, depending on who you ask […]

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water wise lavender hedge

No Lawn in California Landscaping? Change is Good

Lose the lawn? No problem. More and more people are getting on board with lawn-less gardens in California. Of course, historically low rainfall and state mandated water conservation are the reason for the change of heart for many people. But losing the lawn can make room for re-thinking what you want in your landscape to begin […]

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Fields of Flowers; Past and Present, Native and Not

Call it a ritual or a pilgrimage or just an old habit. Whatever you call it, every spring I must get eye-level with as many flowers as I can manage. For me personally, if comes from my childhood – where my family took, what we called “Sunday Drives”, in the spring. We loaded into the family […]

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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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