Beautiful Landscaping

Making it pretty in the Shade

Many of you have mostly shade with only a few spots that get some sun during the day. Doing a study of the sun so that you know where these spots are –and what time of day they occur is very important– so that you can target those few precious hours of sun and use them to their fullest potential –and also to make sure that you don’t put plants in those spots that wouldn’t like even a few hours of sun. (If you don’t already know it –the right amount of sun or shade is one of the most […]

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Tussie-Mussies, a Victorian Tradition

Tussie- mussies are little talking bouquets that either send a message if given as a gift or  convey a persons mood  if carried by the person who crafted it. They were always carried by  Victorian ladies  whenever they were out in public in case they came upon one of the  unpleasant smells of the time -at which time they would lift the  tiny bouquet ( also called a nosegay) to their nose.  To be caught in such a position ( smelling a bad smell) without a tussie-mussie would be very embarrassing. In Victorian times any  verbal communication between a proper  […]

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My Grandmother’s Garden

By Lucy Harrell Her name was Lucille—I called her Mommy Cille- she loved her garden-it was her place to escape –with me by her side. Lucky me– to have learned so much from such a sage—and I was lucky enough to have her with me until my 48th year. She never went shopping for plants or garden products-she divided our perennials and collected annual seed for the next years planting. She traded plants and seeds with neighbors and we put everything we didn’t use or share in the compost piles-she had several different piles-that she made for different types of […]

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Getting the Most Out of Your Garden: Companion Planting

Companion planting is a skill that I was taught by my maternal Grandmother who raised me. It is not new to older gardeners and has been taught in universities to food crop growers for decades. I’ve always used the skill in my organic ornamental designs as well. * The art of good companion planting is very important to the success of my organic program that I teach in my classes. Strong Scented Repellant Plants——Any plant that has a strong scent will repel bad bugs [bugs that eat plants]. Many herbs fall into this category. Below I have listed some of […]

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