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Cover Up for Cheesy 70’s Brick Wall

When we started, being in the courtyard was like being on the bottom of a swimming pool– with dated sort of blond red bricks and no ladders to allow you to get out. We decided to make a wall of weeping plants– just a few.  The garden above is so diverse, we wanted to wall… Read More

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Deep Rooted Wisdom Reviews

Y’all don’t need to read this. It’s just plain tacky, but a PR person told me I needed to do it. Therefore, for the sake of “link love”, which apparently means you stroke my back and I’ll stroke yours in the social media world, here are all the places that Deep Rooted Wisdom has some “online… Read More

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She Rooted All These Antique Roses

If you’ve met my Mother, you know she has a green thumb and a tender heart.  Just days ago, we were working in the garden so briskly, that she decided not to stop to go to church.  I took a picture of the roses below in her hand. I’m writing/editing this while she’s in the… Read More

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Pass-along Garden Design Terms

Some of the jargon in the garden world is like nails on a chalkboard to me.  The totally unnecessary and degrading to plants “Plant-material” comes to mind.  But I love learning old terms that perfectly express a skill or a need or tie gardening to other arts. I’m renovating a garden of a renowned landscape… Read More

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South Carolina Safari — Walterboro, SC

Here’s a great little road trip y’all can join in on– it includes romance, food, car culture, farming, blackwater swamps and book stores.   Thursday evening, I’m doing a book reading (ok, sometimes it comes off as save-the-earth-preaching) at the Walterboro Farmer’s Market/Colleton County Museum.  (click for time/directions). For Columbia, Beaufort, Charleston, Savannah friends, make an… Read More

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Sugar Cane Mill. What Goes Around…

Before I went, I thought that working in Haiti might be depressing.  But it wasn’t.  I felt connected to my daddy– like I was living life off the land, the way he grew up– and that was amazing. The biggest day of connection involved an old style sugar cane press.  We stopped on a little… Read More

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Peckerwood!

Tom and I spent an amazing 24 hours with an old friend, John Fairey, outside of Houston.   John’s been there, gardening in the same place since the early 70s, but he says he’s still a South Carolinian. He named his garden after the fictional Beauregard Plantation in Auntie Mame  (or if he needs a sweeter… Read More

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Little Plantlets: Just Like Their Mother

Pink Heliconia is parthenogenic. That means it makes little plantlets on the dying flower. Daylilies and other plants do it too. All are exactly the same as their mother.  You can take those off and put them in nursery pots.  On the day will picked the pink ginger plantlets, my friend Gillaine gave them away… Read More

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