Latest Posts in Garden

THE DUKE GARDENS

Hi! Have you got gardening on your mind? I do. But here in Lake Arrowhead the rule of thumb is “Don’t plant before Mother’s Day.”  I have learned that lesson the hard way by planting early, only to have it snow on Memorial Day.  So, this year I am trying to be patient, having lost […]

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DUKE UNIVERSITY VEGETABLE GARDEN

Hello! I hope you enjoyed a very lovely Easter.  Ours was especially nice because, for the first time this Spring, it was warm enough to eat outdoors. So I set the Easter table out on the terrace. As always, I prepared Captain MJ Sweeney’s Herbed Leg of Lamb and, as always, it was scrumptious! I also […]

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HOW I KNOW SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Happy Spring! As I’ve discussed with you here, I’ve got issues with wildlife.  Things like deer decimating my garden…… and bears breaking down my apple trees. But an upside to living on this mountain, especially in the spring, are the birds that make their home on my property.  Watching them build nests under the rafters […]

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VISITING THE U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY- WASHINGTON, DC

OK folks, I know it’s the dead of winter and it’s not really time to think about gardening and all, but I’m on a roll here, so please bear with me. Remember how I told you in a previous post that I got a greenhouse for Christmas? Well, now that I am the proud owner of my […]

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WAGING WAR ON WILDLIFE – 1 GREENHOUSE AT A TIME

Guess what I got for Christmas? I’ll give you 10 guesses. If you can guess, you are way smarter than me because, in a million years, I would have never guessed what my son, Nathan, and his wife Louisa were giving me for Christmas. Granted, it was something that I have wanted for a long […]

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A VISIT WITH A 389 YEAR OLD BONSAI TREE

On our recent trip to Washington, DC for Christmas, the ancient art of Bonsai horticulture managed to infiltrate our holiday.  Whoda thunk?  It all started when, in early December, we asked our son, Taylor, what he would like for Christmas.  In response he sent the following group email to the entire family: Hi All, I […]

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