Category Archives: Garden

Dogwood Days

When we bought our old house, it was called “Eveland” after the former owner. Somehow I didn’t think “Barbland” had quite the same ring to it, don’t you agree? And besides, I had a backup name I’d been carrying in my pocket … Continue reading

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Shady Ladies (and Max)

For some of us, surely, the serenity of shade gardening—as the counterpart of sun gardening, with its festive mood—is just what the inner doctor orders.” – George Schenk    in The Complete Shade Gardener If anything ever happens to this … Continue reading

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Hyacinth Bean Tales

A word from my beloved Beverley Nichols: Long experience has taught me that whereas people will take advice about love, and about money, and about nearly all the problems which beset us in life, they will scarcely ever take advice … Continue reading

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Potting Shed Finale: The Budget Version

We have a difference of opinion, husband and I.  I say when we redeem our credit card points on a snazzy, bright orange Home Depot gift card, the plants subsequently hauled home are “free.” He disagrees, bringing up the logical, but … Continue reading

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Why I Should Label Things

Or Why Beloved Husband Should Stay Out of My Potting Shed It was a bustling morning yesterday with BH getting ready to fire up the “dress truck” for a drive down to North Carolina for a customer visit. The Dress Truck, … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Time for another Weekly Photo Challenge. This week the prompt is “fray.” Fray. Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. As usual when stumped, I default to my garden which never seems to let me down. Here, the frayed seed heads of the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials, as in these images, or with man-made objects. Click here for more. Texture. If there’s one place texture abounds around this old house, it’s in the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

This week, share a photo that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Light and dark, tall and short, happy and sad — this week, share a shot that captures a contrast. The delicate airiness of the heuchera bloom contrasted by the sturdy squatness of the front porch pillar:   http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/contrasts/  

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

A beautiful photo is one thing, but a photo with an unexpected detail has personality and pop. This week, share a photo that has a little something extra. Extra, Extra? How About Westie, Westie? My Westie boys have a way of … Continue reading

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