Category Archives: Things They Never Tell You

Earth Swapping = Easy Underground Composting

  Underground Composting … You will need loam and compost each season in your yard. Often it will just be a little, but you can’t get along without it. Earth washes away, sinks and compacts so somehow, if you are working the garden, you will always need a little more. One might prefer not to […]

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Encouragement

The Tuft of Flowers ………………………..Robert Frost I went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his blade so keen Before I came to view the leveled scene. I looked for him behind an isle of trees; I listened for his […]

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Propagating your Clematis

Certain methods of propagation are so simple that it would be a shame not to use them. If you take a stem or branch of some cherished woody plant, bend it down and bury it a few inches (or more) in the ground adjacent to the parent, you will have a good chance of getting […]

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Clematis Clues

Clematis Vines Training and Pruning

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Some Things They Never Tell You

 …..About Planting Trees and Shrubs Decide and then tag the best faces of  your chosen individuals in the nursery. Look for the best faces of your chosen trees and shrubs when they are standing relaxed in the nursery. Tie a ribbon or somesuch to a branch at the front and center of the plant’s face […]

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My Lucky Clover

OXALIS TRIANGULARIS …………………………………………………..Racket Shreve ………………………………….. I know that I have been very lucky to have had this lovely Oxalis in my life for so many years. Though sometimes these clovers are called ‘false Shamrocks’, Luck is where you find it. This is an ever  pleasing and easy to please plant that I would not want […]

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Begin Before the Beginning

” The Red Queen gave Alice sage advice on storytelling when she said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on until you come to the end, and then stop.’ But it is advice that I seldom follow. I usually begin somewhere before the beginning; write until the beginning identifies itself; and I always run the stop […]

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