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Nature photography hacks with Robert Llewellyn

October 9, 2017

“If it looks familiar, it is not new.” —Robert Llewellyn

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Roses need friends & other unexpected places for asters

March 31, 2015

Reduce the need for chemicals while increasing wildlife diversity with these companion planting suggestions from The Plant Lover’s Guide to Asters. Away from the traditional positions such as herbaceous borders, asters can find homes in places that may seem surprising to the uninitiated. An increasingly common idea is that to reduce the need for chemicals […]

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What do roses need?

March 19, 2015

The key to healthy, prosperous roses is knowing what they need. In this post, Roses Without Chemicals author Peter Kuklieski explains the basics. Over the years I have been asked time and again, “What do I do with my rose when I take it home? How do I plant it and care for it?” My […]

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Perennial basics: Soil preparation

February 5, 2015

Understanding the specific needs of perennials can save you time and money. Here, the authors of Essential Perennials start you off with soil preparation basics. In many respects, garden plants constitute what an investment adviser would describe as “fungible assets”—that is, they are interchangeable, at least in the sense that if you can grow one […]

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Try these 4 roses for maximum fragrance

February 4, 2015

______________________________________ Buy it from: Amazon.com Barnes & Noble An indie bookstore Timber Press “I wish I had this when I planted my rose garden twenty-five years ago. I am now about to plant another garden, full of wonderful rose varieties and I intend to follow Peter’s advice wholeheartedly.”—Martha Stewart

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Andy Vernon on dahlias: You can’t help but smile at these plants

July 9, 2014

Author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias, Andy Vernon shows us the dahlias in bloom at his home in England and shares his love for these spectacular flowers. _____________________________________________________

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8 dahlias for maximum color

May 8, 2014

With so many dahlias to choose from, where does a gardener begin? Andy Vernon starts with color. He’s collected his personal favorites in The Plant Lover’s Guide to Dahlias, and while he extols their many virtues, it’s the numerous shades, tints, and tones Andy finds most endearing, and which are responsible for the flower’s dramatic, […]

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Seeing Flowers through the photography of Robert Llewellyn

December 7, 2013

All my life, I have been looking at, prodding, poking, sniffing, and plucking at plants. These are habits born of long hours outdoors. I remember, as a very small girl in suburban southern California, squinting at and then tugging on a passionflower vine coming over our fence from the neighbor’s yard. It was so mysterious, […]

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Guess that flower

October 1, 2013

In Seeing Flowers, the photography of Robert Llewellyn helps us see flowers in a whole new way. Using a unique process that far surpasses conventional macro photography, his pictures give us a bee’s-eye view of these remarkable plants. See if you can identify the flowers in the pictures below. Answers after the jump. Ox-eye daisy […]

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Pinks, as you’ve never seen them before

September 30, 2013

Often the very first thing you notice about pinks is their delicious, spicy-sweet scent, so reminiscent of freshly ground cloves. One whiff might send you back to your grandma’s kitchen during holiday baking time, but when you open your eyes again, you’re in the summer sunshine. Pinks, carnations, Sweet Williams, and all manner of dianthus […]

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