We’ve lived and gardened on Maple Street for 25 years. Of course, our farm is out of town, way out on a sandy road in Aiken county.  For the Melrose Art in the Yard, we’re bringing a selection of cool plants. We’ve picked these based on success on Maple street.  We specialize in Crinum and…

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We’re happy to offer group tours in the summer of 2021. Group size limit of 10 to 20 people with covid safe protocals.  Arrive at 9:30 for a garden and nursery tour.   Enjoy a walk-around history of the 1750’s house and walk through Gloria’s garden with bottle trees, old-fashioned roses, and lots of curious…

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Sillabub with a twist! In my memory and my opinion, syllabub making makes a party. Elaborate contraptions for blowing bubbles into sweetened cream and whiskey become the center of attention and conversation. You can blow the bubbles in all sorts of manners.  Some folks might have an old school, antique syllabub churn, which is basically…

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Imagine endless rows of fields of corn on a modern farm.  Now let the rows turn into endless pink flowers.  Sounds pretty right?  On our little farm, which specializes in one type of lily, we could grow that way.  But like the small farms that sustained and built this country, here, diversity is key.  Diversity…

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Call it acid green or April-fresh or lime-jello-fake-green. This time of year spring greens catch my eye and soul to remind me that the life force is too strong to contain. Ryegrass or dandelion leaves, those dreaded yellow-green catkins pushing out pollen, that powerful color fades as spring turns into summer.  Heat makes most leaves…

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Pay attention, indulge, wait and be delighted. This month my buddy’s pre-teen boy is into magic. He’s been through Egyptian mythology, dinosaurs and bigfoot.  His dad’s endless patience amazes me. The magic show commences with an elaborate introduction,     “On the death-day of the great Houdini, I honor the risk he took to share magic…

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