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August is Awesome

August 11th, 2014

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

  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 […]

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The Muchness of May

June 2nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  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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The Value of a Garden Planner

January 2nd, 2014

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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Year End Musings: The Value of a Garden Planner

January 2nd, 2014

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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