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The cucumber overtakes the dahlia.

Battle in the garden … Veggies vs Flowers

This is the year of the white cucumber–the Crystal Apple variety to be exact. From a half dozen seeds I’ve throw in the ground, I only expected one or two to take. Apparently they all germinated because now cucumber plants are stretching the length of my front garden overtaking two yews, two tee-pees, three swirled […]

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Volcano Phlox White

Don’t forget white in the garden!

Several years ago, as a Gannett Newspapers garden writer, I had the opportunity to profile the garden of Charles Arena, my favorite florist in the Rochester, NY area. Renowned for his Willy Wonka colors and designs at Arena’s Florist, you can’t image how surprised I was to find that his garden at home was … all white. […]

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Monarch butterfly on butterfly bush (image by Denise Pierce).

Plants attract birds, butterflies – and kids!

There goes my daughter, Maya, helping her “papa” (grandpa) feed the birds again. It’s a very important job for her when she goes over to visit – scooping the bird seed from the big plastic bins in his garage and carefully pouring it into one of the many bird feeders hanging from his front tree like so much ripe fruit. Now […]

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drought gardens

6 Great Ideas for Mediterranean Gardens in 2012

A couple posts back, I talked about hot garden trends for 2012. One of them was the movement toward Mediterranean garden style. The style, as explained by North Coast Gardening blogger Genevieve Schmidt, often features open and airy courtyards, light-colored, textured hardscaping such as mosaic walls, gravel beds or unglazed terra cotta pots. The style also is known for its low-growing, […]

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Small Water feature

3 Great Ideas for Small Water Features

In a previous post on Top Garden Trends for 2012, I mentioned how larger ponds are giving way to smaller water features, like this recirculating fountain featuring a hollowed-out boulder, designed by Sharon Coates and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky and Associates design-build firm in Rochester, NY Sharon and Bruce also sent me other great images of […]

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