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Pinterest tells us what you like

Hey, bloggers among you, have you ever checked to see which of the photos you’ve published are pinned to readers’ Pinterest boards?  It’s kinda fun, and here’s how.  For this blog I went to: www.pinterest.com/source/.   You get the idea. Pinterest ...
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Fine Tuning the Timing

  Redbud, Cercis canadensis ‘Lavender Twist’, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Well, I suppose the good news is I’ve gradually worked my way from the C to the B List as a garden speaker. For comparison’s sake, I think ...
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Scotts Miracle-Gro, you can stop asking.

Dear readers, I went through my in-box and discovered some delicious hate-reading!  Ready? First, from somehow actually hired by Scotts Miracle-Gro to promote them, pasted below with commentary in brackets. Hi Susan, I’m reaching out on behalf of Scotts Miracle ...
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Beware of the Wronged Coconuts!

Coconut palms are the quintessential symbol of tropical paradise. Spindly, tall trees with large feathery leaves wisp in tropical breezes on tropical beaches of white sand, under blue sky and by turquoise water. Beach in Hawaii with coconut palm tree. ...
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Immediacy and the Novice Gardener

My little one and my father transplanting a Chinese herb by Guest Author Wendy Kiang-Spray I had a great neighbor who has since moved away. The first day we met him, he invited us over for empanadas. He and his ...
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The Master Logger and the Hay Rake in the Walnut ...

  Indiana tulip poplars in the 1920s. There is an abandoned fencerow on our Salvisa, Kentucky, farm. It’s marked clearly. A dozen black walnut trees Juglans nigra grow in a straight line, running up a small hill toward the rising ...
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A meadow’s tale

The first thing I did after I bought the farm was quit mowing the grass. The property is ten acres with a nice rolling aspect, some very good old trees, and a dark deep pond for fishing. The assortment of ...
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Trends I won’t be following this season

This is what’s trending in the house right now: Erlicheer tazettas from Old House Gardens At this time of year, the inboxes of garden writers (and editors of any genre) are flooded with trend report and predictions of what people ...
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shuts Down Science Department

Names venerating 73 botanists are inscribed in the frieze and below the windows of BBG’s landmarked Laboratory Admin building, built from 1912 to 1917. Photo by Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) ­ On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the direction of ...