Archive for February 2008

Windows into a Garden   1 comment

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Isn’t this a lovely view?  These great windows, set off by a gorgeous window box display, are from a house in my neighborhood.  I was just driving by and snapped this photo.  I like the fact that there is a lot of green to back up the hot color.  Beautiful composition!  A+!

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Posted February 25, 2008 by cindyeo in sweet potato vine, windowbox

Great books for gardeners   1 comment

I just started reading what looks like a good book and I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites.  The book I’m reading now is “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver.  It’s about a family who decided to spend a year eating only locally grown food.  She makes a great case for doing this if you are concerned about global warming, and if you are just looking to eat as healthy as possible.  I’m only a couple chapters into it, but I am enjoying it.animal-book.jpg

Another great book for gardeners is “The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost his Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden” by William Alexander.  This book rings so true both about myself as a gardener and my father.  I was laughing out loud reading about his quest to erradicate the superchuck that was eating his garden, remembering my father doing the same thing when I was a girl.  And his wife, who really didn’t care about the garden, was canning and freezing all his harvests, just like my mother did for many years.  Now that he’s retired, my father does most of his own preserving.  If you are a fanatical gardener, you’ll love this book. tomato-book.jpg

Another book I read a couple years ago, which isn’t a gardening book, but does bring up some of the same points that Barbara Kingsolver does about chemicals in our food and overprocessing, is “Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About “ by Kevin Trudeau.  I first heard about his book on an infomercial, and so I was very skeptical.  But my local library had a copy, so I decided to check it out.  I think the author brings up a lot of things for us to think about, about large food and drug companies and the medical industry.  I read this book around Christmas time 3 years ago, and decided to make my New Year’s resolution to ban chemicals from my family’s food.  It’s the one resolution I’ve kept and 3 years later I still purchase only all natural food.  The opening of a new Whole Foods Market near me around the same time as I read the book made the job much easier.  My 2 teenage daughters really haven’t complained, they like eating healthy.  And with brands like Paul Newman’s, you really don’t have to change your diet all that much.  They still enjoy a Ring Ding at a friend’s house once in a while, but I feel much better about most of the food they eat.  natural-cures-book.jpg

You can order all of these books at www.amazon.com  (I had to give them credit because I used their photos)

So grab a book and read your way through the end of this long winter.

Posted February 17, 2008 by cindyeo in books, garden, tomato

Asters – Must haves for fall   1 comment

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While everyone is perusing their catalogs and getting their orders ready for spring, I have to put my plug in for asters.  This hardy perennial comes out in the fall, when all the annuals are getting very tired, and the June perennials are long gone.  I have some tall New England asters (there’s a photo on my November 24 post) which are the traditional purple color most people think of when they think asters.  I also have this very small white flowering aster.  The plant is about 2 feet tall, but the flowers are less than 1/2″, you can get a little of that perspective from the bumble bee in the photo.  And that’s one of my favorite things about asters, the bees (and butterflies) love them.  I can sit for quite a while and just watch the bees flit from flower to flower.  It’s very calming to me.  My kids think I’m crazy, but try it sometime.

Posted February 13, 2008 by cindyeo in aster, garden

Lady’s Mantle   Leave a comment

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This is a nice combination that just happened.  It’s Lady’s Mantle (yellow-green) and hardy geranium (magenta), I’m not sure the exact variety because it was here when I bought the house.  The small white flower is Snow in Summer.  Lady’s Mantle is a perennial that has a fairly long bloom time.  It also propagates itself by seed, so you can have extra plants after a couple years to increase your garden or give away.  But it’s not invasive.  This photo was taken in the middle of June.

Posted February 4, 2008 by cindyeo in garden, lady's mantle