A Garden Divided

There has been a funny little ‘war’ going on in home and public spaces. I hear whispers and murmurs locally and abroad it’s the Veggie People vs the Flower Folk. Conversations overheard go a bit like this: “I like Vegetables & food security, I like organic home grown food, I want to grow veggies with my kids, for my dad, for the community, for education about organic food, because they are good for me,” etc. VS “Flowers are...

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What is a ‘Landscape Designer’?

The inside view on the outside life of a Landscape designer So maybe you’ve never wondered what exactly a ‘Landscape designer’ does? I challenge you to put off any assumptions because there is, literally, a lot of ground to cover. The perception might be that I swan about swooning over heritage roses (which, I am perfectly able to do on my own time) but mostly, I solve problems with creative reasoning in 3 dimensional spaces. If that...

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Fall Bulb Tips

I’m going to ask you to use the power of Google to search for images of the double tulip ‘Angelique’; follow up with a few ‘species tulip’ searches… and close your browser after ‘parrot tulips.’ Once you’ve seen the incredible diversity available you’ll understand why I say there’s no excuse for the 1970’s style ‘red soldiers’ and ‘yellow sentinels,’ those boring tulips planted en masse all across...

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Becoming A Laid-Back Gardener

Why it’s better for everyone (except your chiropractor) Gardens have seen landscape trends move from high, perhaps arrogant, Victorian ideals of dominance over nature to the ‘No Mow’ natural look. However, It can be a little disheartening to expect everyone to rip up their grass, toss the boxwoods and ditch the concept of annuals – I prefer to find a place where both sides can collaborate and move forward while supporting the environment...

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Cats And Taxes

So, this week – in a continuous effort to avoid doing my taxes – I got a little manic and emptied out… wait for it… “The Junk Drawer.” You know the one; five hundred elastic bands, twist ties, take-out menus, nails, bits of twine, every loose screw I’ve been accused of losing? well anyway, unless you are highly organized (unlike me) you know of what I speak. So, Candy the garden-writer girl, what does...

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Indoor Plant Tips

The December solstice is happily behind us and we can now collect daylight minutes that will bring about longer days. (Yay!) As we are possibly stuck indoors for a few more months I thought I would share a few tips for houseplants. Tips I’ve gleaned partially from experience, but mostly from my library of gardening books. Now, let’s get something straight – I’m no ‘houseplant expert’ — I do have a husband that consistently brings...

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