Lifestuff

Give Away Bouquets: the nosegay

If you’ve got flowers and herbs in your garden, you easily make someone’s day better. Snip a few blooms and fragrant foliage, tie them together with a small piece of ribbon, and you’ve got the makings of a random act of kindness! Put one on the desk of a co-worker. Drop one in the drawer when you go to the drive-up window at the bank. Leave one at the grocery store, dry cleaners, or when you drop off the kids at daycare.

This bouquet, fragrant with lemon verbena, went into the bank along with the checks I cashed this morning.

This bouquet, fragrant with lemon verbena, went into the bank along with the checks I cashed this morning.

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Share the wealth! Oregano ‘Kent Beauty’ lasts for so long when it’s cut. It’s a natural for nosegays!

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This bouquet has lemon verbena in it, along with sweet smelling roses. Especially nice for someone who works indoors.

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Gardens

When the Basil is Failing, Make Pesto!

So I picked the entire row.

When live gives you lemons, make lemonade, the saying goes. And using the same philosophy, when you’re basil looks sick and you know it’s all dying, pick it quickly and make pesto. That’s what I did yesterday.

Last week I realized that my basil plants were failing. Their leaves were turning yellow and then brown.

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Food

Garden Celebration Cheese Tarts

Enjoy!

When the garden is producing an abundance of vegetables, herbs and flowers, it’s time to make some festive and delicious tarts. We’ll start with a photo of the finished tart but know this: the flower petals are placed on the tarts after they are done and the oven is turned off – you leave them

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Gardens

Getting Rid of Poison Ivy

You're working in the garden, pulling weeds or deadheading, when suddenly the brain shouts "STOP! Poison Ivy!"

I know that you’re coming here looking for an easy, fast, organic and problem-free way to get rid of poison ivy. The truth is, there is no one magic method but only a combination of strategies depending on how much poison ivy you have and where it is. Bottom line? You can spray it with

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Lifestuff

Gardening as a Revolutionary Act

Think that gardens are just for a few pretty flowers and a couple of veggies? Think again. Your garden could change your life, and the lives of those around you.

This is a slightly condensed version of the sermon I gave on July 27, 2014 at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable.

Think that gardens are just for a few pretty flowers and a couple of veggies? Think again. Your garden could change your life, and the lives of those around you.

Revolutionary is defined

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Love This!

I Love Echinacea ‘Milkshake’

This photo shows the transformation that the flowers go through, from simple white daisy-like bloom to a fluffy cone with a skirt of crisp, white petals. The honeybee on this flower is typical - bees and butterflies love this plant!

Name:   Echinacea ‘Milkshake’

Type of Plant:  Perennial for full sun in zones 5-9

Why I love this:  This cone flower has proved to be very strong, reliable and long flowering in my garden. I love the round dome of fluffy small petals with a yellow center, surrounded by a skirt of crisp, white drooping petals.

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