The Best of the Blues

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By Sandra Nelson   I’ve been feeling somewhat blue lately.  No, I’m not depressed  —  I’m debating on a color scheme for the new garden I’m adding this year. Right now I am leaning toward using shades of blue as my predominant color. The idea of adding a quiet, tranquil retreat appeals to me in …

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Color In The Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   While line, shape, form and texture tend to be the subtle elements shaping the viewer’s perception of a garden design, color is the one that jumps out and grabs you. It draws you in or pushes you away; it fires your emotions and stokes your energy level or it brings much …

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Line, Form And Texture In The Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   For years, I thought that color was the most important element in garden design. I thought that if only I could learn to get the colors right, then I would finally have that show-stopping yard I had been dreaming about for years. It’s only been in the last few weeks that …

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Designing Beds That Delight

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By Sandra Nelson   I don’t know how you are handling stress these days, but I find myself drawn more and more to my yard. When I feel anxiety building, I stroll through the yard, stopping every few seconds to discover the changes from the day before and to soak in the calming power of …

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English Cottage Gardens  — The Original Rambunctious Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   Although it was never called by name, in retrospect I realize that my grandmother’s wild and free style of gardening that I talked about last week  — her rambunctious garden — was her personal version of what we would call an English cottage garden.      Cottage gardens can be traced …

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Establish A Community —  In Your Shade Garden   Part 1: What Is A Plant Community?

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I love lush beds of  hostas! I love the variety of colors and shapes and sizes and bloom stalks. I love how hardy they are and how little maintenance they need. Unfortunately, our neighborhood deer love them as much as I do. After losing plant after plant to their voracious appetites, I knew I had …

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Design Ideas To Keep Deer Away

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I live in a divided neighborhood.    One-half thinks our resident deer are adorable while the other half (the gardeners of the group) fantasizes about turning them into venison. Being engaged in daily competition with the herd this entire summer for my hostas, daylilies and phlox, I have to admit I lean more to the …

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Design Your Perfect Pathway

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My granddaughter and I were playing in the backyard the other day. One minute she was chasing me and laughing and the next she was frozen in one spot with huge tears streaming down her cheeks. I figured her brother had something to do with it (not unusual),  but it turned out that I was …

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Gifts from the Cutting Garden

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The crocus, grape hyacinths, daffodils and tulips all bloomed at once this year, turning my  yard into an absolute work of art. That is, until the grandkids decided they needed to pick bunches of pretty flowers for their mothers. Two and three-year-olds do not have a great grasp of how to cut flowers for a …

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Out the Kitchen Window

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I regularly volunteer at our library’s used book sales. It’s fun sharing recommendations with fellow readers and I find that many readers tend to be gardeners as well. In my mind, that’s the perfect combination of characteristics!   This past weekend I was chatting with a young couple who had just bought their very first …

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