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The Pathway

November 19, 2011

For the first time this year the confetti of fallen leaves crackled underfoot as I walked down the path to the garden, their excited crunch announcing the arrival of fall. The breast high weeds that had encroached into the pathway have begun to retreat. Spring brought their colors and smiles, summer brought their thorns and [...]

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Just some photos

October 2, 2011

I’ve been a little busier than usual lately and haven’t had a chance to post much. That should change as fall and winter approach.  I recently needed to clear some space on my camera and when I was moving them to a storage drive I was reminded of some of the beautiful scenery I had [...]

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My Stroll in the Sycamores

March 15, 2011

The Yew is the National Tree of France but I think it should be the Sycamore, Platanus racemosa. The entrance to almost every small town in France is announced to drivers by a long tunnel of overhanging sycamore trees. In the town where I live, we have the usual allee at the entrance but also [...]

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My Visit To Moulin Castelas in South France

December 6, 2010

I had a chance to return to The Castelas Olive Growing Estate in southern France today to watch the annual olive oil pressing; and what an event it turned out to be. It had rained the night before, so I half expected to see the harvest halted temporarily; but when I arrived in the unforgettable [...]

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Christmas Gift ideas for Gardeners

November 25, 2010

DO YOU NEED SOME CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR GARDENERS?    MAYBE I CAN HELP. It’s the time of year when friends and family are starting to ask me what gift I would like for Christmas. You’re probably hearing that question too and asking it of others as well. I can always find something I want for [...]

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2010 GIANT pumpkin winner!!!!

October 24, 2010

Hear’s to one GIANT pumpkin!!! Congratulations to Ron Root, winner of the 2010 Half Moon Bay pumpkin growing competition with a 1,535 lb monster. Way to go Ron. If you are ever in the California central coast town of Half Moon Bay in October you will see this sleepy beach town transformed into Punkinville USA [...]

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It’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Time in Washington D.C.

March 28, 2010

It’s Cherry Blossom time again so I thought I’d bump this older post up. Hope you enjoy   Spring in Washington D.C. means it’s Cherry blossom time in fact March 26th through April 10th are the dates of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1912 the Mayor of Tokyo donated 3,000 Cherry trees to [...]

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Natural Aphrodisiacs

February 15, 2010

Homegrown Aphrodisiacs As requested by BJSUPERMIX, who posted a comment on my blog, I decided to look into and report back on some naturally occurring aphrodisiacs. Since this is a blog about gardening (usually) I focused my research on plant-based compounds and stayed away from the rhinoceros horns and the Zimbabwe Dung Beetle stuff. Initially [...]

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Great Gift Ideas for Gardeners

December 6, 2009

Christmas and Birthday Gifts for Gardeners It’s that time of year again so I thought I’d make a few suggestions for Christmas gifts that gardeners might enjoy receiving. These would also make great birthday gifts, mother’s day or father’s day gifts, open house gifts, thank you gifts… I know that for some of you to [...]

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Smelly Trees and Stinky Plants

October 10, 2009

It’s well known that beautiful fragrances can be derived from plants and their flowers. Roses, lilacs jasmine are a few beautiful scents that come to mind. As with most things, there is also an opposite, and this time of year the opposites of the beautiful fragrances become evident.  Summer and fall seem to be a [...]

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