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Partition Mint Away From Everything Else

June 15, 2011


I love, love, love mint.  That’s one of the best things about growing herbs is having mint in my tea every day.  I dry it to use over the winter, but it’s not as good as fresh from the planter right before making my tea.  I even have two types of mint – spearmint and […]

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Balance Is Hard in Tall Grass

June 12, 2011


I went to the botanical gardens yesterday to take more pictures.  The stick sculpture, Metamorphosis, by the artist Patrick Doherty, is done.  This is his second work in central Virginia, the first being done on a storefront on Main Street some years ago.  There is no picture of it on-line. I’d spent some time looking […]

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Flush With Flowers

June 1, 2011

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The local botanical gardens are flush with roses.  There seem to be every kind of rose there – big ones, small ones, pink, red, white – at all stages of open, budding, and spent.  It’s just beautiful, especially with the small brick buildings in the middle of the rose beds.  This picture barely shows all the roses […]

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Extract All the Pollen

May 29, 2011


I planted the salvia last weekend and by today, it was starting to bloom.  And a bee showed up to extract pollen.  Just one, although it was enough to entertain the dog for quite a while, the same as last year.  I don’t want to have bee hives in my yard due to the close proximity of […]

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Never Let The Dogs In The Garden

May 28, 2011

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Never let the dogs in the garden.  Never, never, never.  They will walk through it, sleep in it, dig in it, and run through it like they’re running a slalom.  It’s hard keeping them out when the yard is small, the dogs are wild, and there’s no fence around the garden.  So after I planted […]

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Nothing In The Garden But Dirt

May 27, 2011

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I spent all day Sunday working on the garden.  First I had to clear out the trumpet vines that came up through the bottom.  I spread on several types of compost, some top soil, a little fertilizer, and mixed it all together.  Finally there was nothing left in the garden but the dirt.  At that point, […]

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Stem – All That’s Left of the Parsley

March 25, 2011


Stem (from Wiktionary) – A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf. See these little cute guys?  They’re in my parsley and will eat it down until all that’s left is a stem or two.  But if we wait a few more weeks, we get […]

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Promotion – The Life Blood of Every Author

March 21, 2011


Promotion (from Wiktionary) – Dissemination of information about a product, product line, brand, or company. After Jenna Woginrich published her first book, Made From Scratch, she invited readers to take a picture of the book and send it to her.  I took the pictures, but never sent it (sorry Jenna!).  It was a great idea – pictures […]

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Near The Bee – A Little TOO Near

March 20, 2011


Near (from Wiktionary) – physically close. So what happens when a bee gets near the dog?  It becomes a dog entertainment center.  And apparently it tastes pretty yukky too, although that has not yet stopped the dog from trying to catch them and eat them.  Thankfully he hasn’t gotten many – and he must not have […]

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Landscape Design in the Front Yard

March 10, 2011


Landscape (from Wiktionary) – A space, indoor or outdoor and natural or man-made (as in “designed landscape”). It’s actually pretty hard to keep the landscape looking nice in the brutal summer heat of central Virginia.  Here’s a snapshot of the front yard the year that I tried some edible landscaping – those big leaves under the holly […]

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February 16, 2011


Join the challenge!  For more information, click  the tab marked “challenge invitation“. Expand – To increase the extent, number, volume or scope of (something).  [From Wiktionary] In this case, the winter squash is trying for world domination.  It took over this entire back corner and escaped out the fence for more lawn and our neighbor’s driveway.  […]

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February 15, 2011

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Join the challenge!  For more information, click  the tab marked “challenge invitation“. ADMIT – To allow to enter; to grant entrance, whether into a place, or into the mind. . . (from Wiktionary). I love this picture from two summers ago!  I feel like I am welcoming everyone into my not-so-secret garden.  I’m tempted to use this […]

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