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Fashion Week and Months

September 29th, 2014
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It is Fashion Week in New York City, Paris and Milan.   The newspapers and magazines are full of photos and editorials about the new looks, colors and materials.   Even I, a person who has dressed in a company uniform 5 days a week for 36 years, get excited about what’s new.  After all there are […]

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August is Awesome

August 11th, 2014
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Here at the Gardens to Love offices we do our best to put a positive spin on the month of August. We try to avoid phrases such as, “vile weather,” “hateful air today,” or “disgustingly hot.” I do my best to deflect those questions about whether or not the A/C is turned down to 76 […]

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Box Balls And Parterres

July 14th, 2014
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My recent summer travels took me to Portugal with a group of fellow Institute of Classical Art and Architecture members.* I was prepared to see plenty of sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth century houses and public buildings, but I was surprised by the immense and intact formal gardens I found. All the gardens were stuffed with […]

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The Muchness of May

June 2nd, 2014
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Magnolias, hydrangeas, geraniums, roses galore, honeysuckle, confederate jasmine, daisies, lawns and weeds. All these beauties and more are in glorious bloom right now, in May. Many of these make for a sweetly scented walk down my driveway and through the garden. Here and there I see the last remnants of pansies. Yes, it’s true; pansies […]

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The Scents of Spring: Atlanta Garden Ideas

April 11th, 2014
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It starts tentatively, almost a game of hide and seek.  The fragrance of Lonicera fragrantissima is first out on an early February day.  Then a group of February Gold daffodils appear offering their shy but clear scent. In spite of winter’s polar vortex, by mid-March the aptly named Daphne odora is filling Ansley Park sidewalks […]

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The Scents of Spring

April 11th, 2014
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Atlanta Garden Ideas It starts tentatively, almost a game of hide and seek.  The fragrance of Lonicera fragrantissima is first out on an early February day.  Then a group of February Gold daffodils appear offering their shy but clear scent. In spite of winter’s polar vortex, by mid-March the aptly named Daphne odora is filling […]

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Extreme Pruning

March 25th, 2014
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Front Yard Landscaping Ideas and Bonsai Pruning the right way at the right time on the right plant is a mantra at Gardens to Love.  Many of our customers prefer their best plants and flowers on display on their front porch or in the front yard landscaping – and good pruning is critical. The best […]

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Antsy for Spring and Garden Patios

January 27th, 2014
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This time of year I get antsy with the heebie-jeebies, jumpin’ heebie-jeebies.  That’s the slang we used in Mississippi when we children had to stay indoors too long.  Perhaps the adult word is  “anxious”, meaning full of desire and endeavor; eager for a thing, to do something. If there’s one thing about gardeners and landscape designers, […]

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What to Do?

January 27th, 2014
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  This time of year I get antsy with the heebie-jeebies, jumpin’ heebie-jeebies.  That’s the slang we used in Mississippi when we children had to stay indoors too long.  Perhaps the adult word is  “anxious”, meaning full of desire and endeavor; eager for a thing, to do something. If there’s one thing about gardeners and landscape […]

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Year End Musings: The Value of a Garden Planner

January 2nd, 2014
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Every year without fail I dread the coming of the year-end holidays. Yet, almost every year the Mr. Scrooge in me is surprised with the outcome of those days…Other happy moments came from revisiting places and friends that I don’t see often enough. That goes for gardens, too. I visited The Frick Collection and was once again inspired by the pruning of those 3 magnificent Japanese Maples. At the Cummer Museum and Garden I was awed by the site of the St. John’s River. When I returned home, I found my own garden more inspiring than when I left.

Onward and upward in 2014.

It is old and new friends who make the holiday spirits brighter.

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