Set the Tone in Fall for a Beautiful Spring Garden

My experience, after working in the plant nursery for more years than I care to count, is that some plants will perform admirably in the summer but must be stored for winter.

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Fall Decorating With Emma Lane

Fellow author Emma Lane gives some gardening advice. Take it away Emma! Bring the outside in with a Fall bouquet. Not sure how, then let me help you. Here are a few tips to help make it easier. Native and ornamental grasses: What fun to gather them on one of those perfect Fall days when…

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The Language of Flowers: A Victorian Tradition

For centuries people have attributed meanings to flowers, herbs, and various plants. Interest in floriography, or the language of flowers, soared during the reign of Queen Victoria. This cryptologic style of floral communication could “say” what members of the society dared not speak aloud: the rigid social constrictions of the upper class helped to create a “language” that is indeed beautiful to behold.

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Celebrate #Peace Day

Today is designated by the UN as an International Day of Peace – an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Please join the loudest call for lasting peace the world has ever seen by marking the day in your homes and communities. Every act of kindness or forgiveness helps us all build peace one day…

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Author Emma Lane’s Gardening Tips: Annuals and Perennials

Emma Lane visits today with what I hope will become a series of her expertise on plants, how to use them in our gardens, and what to do when a season ends. The blog is all yours, Emma! When I moved to Western New York (a very long time ago), I bought a wildflower book…

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Steampunk and Orchids

The Chicago Botanical Garden held its annual Orchid Show this spring and I was pleased to see some Neo-Victorian/Steampunk inspired displays. I hope you all enjoy!

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