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If You Have A Visual Problem…

Accentuate it! That’s what my mother, a retired interior designer, used to say. In other words, there are some things that are best “hidden” by calling attention to the area in some way. Do you have a bare spot in the garden? Put a brightly colored bird bath, potted plant or garden ornament there. Is there a fire hydrant in the front yard? Paint it bright red, orange, pink or all three colors and plant some equally brilliant flowers around it. “Ta-da!  Here is the FIRE HYDRANT!” such a planting will say…not to mention make it instantly noticeable should the fire fire department need to find it.

As we clear out gardens in the fall, sometimes they appear barren and this can take some getting used to. A visual problem? Accentuate it! If you have a bench or a couple of nice garden chairs, place them in this area. You don’t have to sit in there…these seats are more sculpture than they are functional furniture. If the seating you choose is a bright color, that’s even better. Since we’re going into the season where it gets dark at 5 PM it can also be cheering to string lights over and around that garden furniture. When you see these with small Christmas lights around them, you will no longer see that empty bed. Instead, you’re mind will say, “Yay! It’s a brightly lit chair!”

Bet you didn't even see the hose in this garden, right? The gardener used these painted seed heads to call attention to the bare area with soaker hose....which makes both those things it disappear.

Bet you didn’t even see the hose in this garden, right? The gardener used these painted seed heads to call attention to the bare area with soaker hose….which makes both those things it disappear.



Nasturtium Pesto

Here are the ingredients for my nasturtium pesto. Nasturtium leaves and flowers, chard and cilantro.

At the end of October, when the nights are getting cool, we no longer have basil to harvest. But there are other greens that also make delicious pesto and today’s recipe provides a colorful twist on a favorite dish. I used three greens we have in the garden right now. You might use kale or

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Why Doesn’t My Little Tree Grow Taller?

I was given a gift of a small pussy willow tree about ten years ago. It's been growing in a pot left outdoors ever since. This plant shows off best when elevated, however, so we have it perched on the rocks near our garden shed.

I was on a garden consultation recently and we came across a tiny weeping plant that was about a foot and a half tall. It was a mound of curved down stems and leaves, looking more like a small “Cousin It” plant or some sort of sea creature than a shrub or tree. “This was

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Calling All Cape Cod Non-Profits (and Gardeners!)


Cape Cod Non-Profits;

Wouldn’t it be great if your non-profit held a fundraiser that was promoted far beyond the Cape by professional marketers? Would you like your group to be making money, building other non-profits and businesses, all while celebrating beautiful gardens? This is what the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, to be

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I Love Hydrangea Twist-n-Shout

This is a huge new flower that's one of five on my plant right now.

Name:  Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PllHM-l’  (doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?) luckily, it’s aka Hydrangea Twist-n-Shout

Type of Plant:  This is my favorite hydrangea from the Endless Summer series of plants. It is a big-leaf lacecap hydrangea, a shrub that is hardy in zones 4–9 but blooms best in zones 6 and above.


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Start Where You Are

Jeffrey didn't remove the fading petunias from this flower box before making his display...he USED the end-of-season annuals to add to the look of this celebration of fall.

One of my favorite books is titled  Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (Shambhala Classics) It’s written by Pema Chodran who is described as ” a Buddhist nun for regular folks.” As we frequently see, however, the wisdom from one aspect of life, in this case spirituality and mindfullness, is applicable to

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