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Mistakes I Made This Year

The “year of renovation and renewal” for my gardens and home was an ambitious project. I had two gardens that were useless, one because of weeds and the other because of its construction. I wanted both of those fixed. One, … Continue reading

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Why I Cut Down the Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn sumac – botanical name rhus typhina – is an interesting structural element in the garden most of the year, and utterly spectacular in the fall. This picture shows that the staghorn is – at least, mine was – a … Continue reading

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Renewing the Sloping Garden

After many hours of work, the landscapers Juan and John had finished digging tons of rocks and stepping stones from the sloping garden in my back yard. As I said at the end of my last blog, I was so … Continue reading

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Island Bed Attack Phase 1: Rescue the Perennials

The small island garden that separates the two halves of my driveway at the street end is, as I said in my last post, a mass of weeds with some very good perennials dotted here and there. The first step … Continue reading

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