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Hope Sprouts

There's room for trial and error in every garden. When I bought my house, I was ecstatic about the existence of a mature tree peony in the backyard. Then I made a mistake. I decided to move it. Despite my attempts to make the plant's transition as smooth as possible, it was wilting within a few days. I continued to care for it anyway and just when I decided to give up, I discovered some new growth. Lesson learned: Don't mess with perfection.


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Nature abhors a straight line. When designing

Walls and planters, try to introduce curves, ovals and circles... If planning a new bed or feature, take your garden hose and lay it on the line you think you want a wall or bed edge to be. move it in and out, change, stand back and look, leave it there for a few days, whatever. Nothing will look less natural than a four foot wide straight border on the three sides of a small backyard with spotty plantings here and there and two trees planted symmetrically in the lawn. Loosen up. the most attractive gardens have curved, relaxed lines, asymmetrical designs and dry stone walls. Unless of course you're designing your own little Versailles, in which case all bets are off

Fun salvias at big garden show

Checked out the big annual garden show at the Cow Palace today. The usual fun of seeing the big demonstration gardens (tho' I was a bit disappointed that there were fewer "walk-thru" designs... and not as many truly amazing ones overall) ...
Came across a nursery that I was unfamiliar with: Morning Sun Herb Farm from Vacaville. They had a great selection of scented geraniums and of salvias. (A friend sparked my interest in salvias some yrs ago)... I came across two varieties of salvias that I don't recall seeing at nurseries in my area (SF's Richmond District)... one was a Costa Rican salvia (a blue variety that can apparently reach 4 feet and that apparently tolerates or even likes shade!) and the other was a forsythia salvia, which is yellow and according to that nursery and...

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VILLAGE SPORTS  — Garden City News
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