This Is The Time Of Year We Look Forward To — The Art Of Monteque

Jannie Vaught Most of the stone fruit trees are budding and many in flower. The Blue Bonnets are showing with their bright blue sparkles. I didn’t realize how color hungry I had become, then the first flowers and the Bonnets show and I think I’ve been living in black and white. I have 2 subjects […]

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Death in the Garden – Book Review — Bramble Garden

Poisonous Plants & Their Use Throughout History Michael Brown Pen and Sword Books. Paperback £16.99 ISBN 1526708388 I once turned up at a client’s garden to find foxgloves growing amongst the cut-and- come-again lettuce. Horrified, I carefully weeded them out, but decided I couldn’t be sure I’d found them all. The whole plot had to […]

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The late hellebores are only slightly tardy — Ramblin’ through Dave’s Garden

However he is tempted, the gardener should never claim “there’s never been a winter like this one”. Every one is unique, with highs and lows and perhaps wild swings from the average, but there’s something unusual and much that is typical in every season. The one that is now thankfully past was very typical, with […]

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In a Vase on Monday: White ‘n’ Blue — Rambling in the Garden

I mentioned to Christina during the week that the only blues blooming in the garden at the moment were a few Anemone blanda; however, rambling to find material for today’s vase has not only proved me wrong but shows that I don’t know my garden as intimately as I thought I did! However, as the […]

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Hvis du vil skabe glæde i vintermadlavningen – lilla broccoli! — Beretninger fra et autentisk landbrug

Broccoli om vinteren, tænker du måske, spansk, gammelhøstet, plastikindpakket og dieseltransporteret. Ja, sådan er vilkårene, hvis man vil købe sommerkål om vinteren i dette land, og det er stadig bedre for din krop med indkøbt kål end ingen kål. Ihvertfald hvis den er uden rester af sprøjtegifte. Men har du et lille stykke jord, må […]

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Heyrick Greatorex: The Founding Father Of Snowdrop Breeders — Susan Rushton

Heyrick Greatorex, our first known snowdrop breeder, was responsible for a series of hybrids known as the Greatorex doubles. Unlike the common, bee-made, short, dumpling-style nivalis doubles, Greatorex’s doubles dangle large, skirted flowers from tall scapes. Introduced during the 1940s and 50s (Heyrick Greatorex died in 1954), their vigour has carried most of them through […]

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Spring is coming… right?

We’ve had so much snow and cold temps lately that I’m wondering if I’ll see greenery or flowers before June.  In an effort to hasten Spring’s much anticipated arrival, I thought a few sentinels of Spring were in order!  The perfume wafting through the livingroom from the hyacinth plant is intoxicating!

Starting Your Seeds Indoors This Winter — Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Expert answers to your herb-growing questions. Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A. Seed starting is like baking bread- you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature, and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the […]

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