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Conjunction Junction; A Lady who Loves Her Function….

A young family who’s trying to mix modern needs into the garden of a historic Mediterranean Revival home. An 86 year old gentleman, from the wrong side of the tracts, who enlisted in the US Navy at 16 having lied about his age. The person who organizing fundraising events and presentations for the New Orleans… Read More

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Persimmon Trees in Gardens

Speaking with an elderly friend today, I asked about how to get around some issues of growing persimmon trees.  He launched into a long story about an abandoned grove he recalled in south Georgia with a long aside about  his old friend who’d discovered the grove in full fruit.  At one point he said, “It… Read More

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Heart on the Farm

Since my book came out in April, I’ve been from Philadelphia to Jacksonville talking about it.   I’ll continue this winter west to Saint Louis and New Orleans. But for a few weeks during the most beautiful part of South Carolina’s year, I get to do presentations and readings to my home state friends.  And enjoy… Read More

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Garden Visiting in the Upstate of South Carolina

After a few intense weeks with hands in the dirt, focused on getting new crinum planted and on getting lots of fall leaf crop and spring flower seeds in the ground, I took a little road trip up to the red hills, around Rock Hill, Great Falls, Jenkinsville and Charlotte. Here are 20 pics from… Read More

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5 Favorite Flowers to Seed-In Now for Spring Flowers

As with fall leaf veggies, seeding in spring annuals, now, gives you green ground cover and texture over winter; then flowers come in the spring time.  There’s just no better value; in Deep Rooted Wisdom, I tell the story of a mentor who bought a pack of red poppy seeds in 1959 and still has… Read More

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Fall Planting Series

Over the next few weeks, as we are doing fall seed in and bulb planting in several different places, I’ll post a series of blogs on my favorite fall veggies, fall flowers to seed and fall bulbs to plant. We do this stuff in all sorts of situations: Historic Columbia gardens, little private city gardens… Read More

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