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clairehoneybee · 16 days ago
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The Edible Flower Garden - Petal to Plate
The Edible Flower Garden – Petal to Plate
Edible flowers are frequently for sale at farmer’s markets but most people are hesitant to take the plunge and actually eat them. Garnishes – yes, but actually eating flowers??? For most people that is a different story. But flowers can add a lot to the flavor as well as  appeal of a dish.  Go to Squash Blossom Recipes  to see what you can do with squash blossoms.  In researching this post, I…
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clairehoneybee · 20 days ago
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Make Your Own Hypertufa
Make Your Own Hypertufa
Hypertufa party gear Hypertufa troughs Gardener’s Dictionary Hypertufa (n.): An artificial and lightweight stone that gardeners can create from a recipe and mold into plant containers, troughs and any other shape. If you mention hypertufa to a non-gardener, you would probably get a blank look. But in the gardening world, it is very trendy and a sign of a serious gardener is the number of…
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clairehoneybee · 3 months ago
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Springtime in Giverny
Giverny, designed by artist Claude Monet, looks good in any season, but spring time visits are glorious! Bulbs, early spring flowers, blooming shrubs and trees, make it a impressionistic painting of flowers. Visually striking from the moment you step foot in the garden, most people upon entering, pause and let it all soak in before continuing. The iconic lily pad pond: in the early spring, the…
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clairehoneybee · 4 months ago
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Scotland's Gardens, Islands, and Castles
Scotland’s Gardens, Islands, and Castles
I am traveling to Scotland in July and am very excited about seeing parts of Scotland that I haven’t seen before and visiting favorites that I want to go back and see. I will be leading a small group of intrepid travelers, some new and many repeats of my previous tours. Edinburgh is a charming walkable city Bagpipers are everywhere in Edinburgh Alnick Castle- photo by Amy Sparwasser My garden…
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clairehoneybee · 4 months ago
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Deer Resistant Landscaping
Deer resistance is a huge buzz world in the gardening world and for good reason. Many of us battle these animals daily and too many just throw up their hands and give up. All it takes is to educate yourself on the many possibilities that are available – both native and non-native – and throw in some choices that aren’t resistant because sometimes deer will leave them alone. Tall summer phlox is a…
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clairehoneybee · 5 months ago
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Planting a Pollinator Friendly Bee Lawn
Planting a Pollinator Friendly Bee Lawn
Turf grass lawns are an American tradition. Everyone who has any kind of yard or property aspires to having a perfect green manicured carpet. But as we now know, grass can be a dead zone for native insects and birds, devoid of any nutrition or habitat for native species. Mowing, watering, fertilizing, and pest controls applied to turf, all impact the environment negatively. American homes are…
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clairehoneybee · 5 months ago
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Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Perennial
Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Perennial
Gardeners and Hellebores Ok, drumroll here….I think I can say that Hellebores are my favorite perennial plant. A well-kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. What other plant resists deer, neglect, likes shade-even deep shade, is evergreen, arranges beautifully, and has…
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clairehoneybee · 6 months ago
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Great Backyard Bird Count 2022
Great Backyard Bird Count 2022
  The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) runs from Feb 18-22, 2022, which is an unique opportunity to get the family involved in this popular hobby to record bird sightings. Blue Bird perching in my Sycamore tree observing my bird feeder An event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations, the GBBC is a great activity for kids and…
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clairehoneybee · 6 months ago
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Stars of the Garden - David Austin Roses
Stars of the Garden – David Austin Roses
David Austin Roses evokes trusses of fragrant  many petalled blooms hanging on an arbor in the quintessential English garden. I have seen many of these examples over the years in my travels in the UK and also the western part of the country, but in the Mid-Atlantic region, this effect is harder to get, but with the right selections, it is possible. With our hot humid summers, Black Spot can be a…
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clairehoneybee · 6 months ago
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Custom Grown Annuals From Susan Iglehart
Custom Grown Annuals From Susan Iglehart
I love to spotlight local under-the-radar nurseries in central Maryland. These hard working nurseries fill a niche that larger nurseries and big box stores can’t begin to fill. And one specialty greenhouse is right under my nose only a few miles away and I really just took it for granted – Susan Iglehart’s Flowers or Susan’s Annuals on Butler Rd in Reisterstown, Maryland. Cornflower Blue Boy is a…
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clairehoneybee · 6 months ago
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Secrets of Great Seed Starting for Experts and Beginners
Secrets of Great Seed Starting for Experts and Beginners
Varieties of seeds greatly exceed transplant varieties that you can buy in the spring Everybody is into seed starting this spring because of renewed interest in gardening and there are tips and tricks to this great money saving hobby. New gardeners frequently think that you just throw some seeds from a seed packet into potting soil and place them in a bright window and hope for the best. But…
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clairehoneybee · 7 months ago
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Now is the Time to Winter Sow
Now is the Time to Winter Sow
After a hectic year of non-stop landscaping work, I have some time on my hands and discovered ‘winter sowing’. I started doing it last winter in a small way with Bells of Ireland and was so successful, that I am winter sowing in a big way this January and February to save my precious time in the spring. Why wait until spring to sow seeds when I can do it right now? Winter sowing is traditionally…
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clairehoneybee · 7 months ago
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Bird Feeding Station From Recycled Christmas Tree
Bird Feeding Station From Recycled Christmas Tree
Recycling a fresh cut Christmas tree into a bird feeding station is the ultimate repurposing of your Christmas decorations. Setting up my old tree next to my bird feeders gave me hours of enjoyment watching birds feeding, chirping, and feasting – not to mention the squirrels pigging out!  Just watching the squirrel antics kept us entertained for days and my dogs were even attracted to the low…
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clairehoneybee · 7 months ago
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Fire & Ice at Longwood Gardens
Fire & Ice at Longwood Gardens
If you haven’t had a chance to get to Longwood Gardens this year for the ��Fire & Ice’ Christmas decorations, you still have time. Scheduled to be open until January 9, 2022, the decorations were over the top. Each year I think they can’t outshine the previous years, but ‘Fire & Ice’ was fantastic! Opposites attract and the fiery red tones next to the frosty cool tones of glittery white, gold, and…
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clairehoneybee · 7 months ago
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Deck the Halls With Foraged Christmas Arrangements
Deck the Halls With Foraged Christmas Arrangements
Everyone is decking the halls, by cutting boughs of greens from their property and using them for decorating. Foraging is the trendy way of describing the time honored tradition of using what you already have. Trimming my blue spruce for branches and winterberries from my trees to come up with a simple arrangement An old crate from my garage was put to use. The large leaves are fatsia from my…
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clairehoneybee · 8 months ago
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Bird Lover's Homemade Gifts for Christmas
Bird Lover’s Homemade Gifts for Christmas
Bird Seed Ornaments Crossing out several names on my Christmas list this year, I was left with a bird lover/watcher who I knew would appreciate homemade bird treat ornaments. Feeding hungry songbirds in winter is a great way for people to interact with nature and help birds get through the tough months of winter. Studies show that bird feeding produces significantly earlier egg laying dates,…
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clairehoneybee · 8 months ago
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Christmas in Dried Flowers
Christmas in Dried Flowers
It’s that time of year when all of our fresh garden flowers are gone and we turn to those that we dried or preserved for the long winter season. For my post on the rebirth of dried flowers which were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s, go to Dried Flowers Back From the Dead. And what better time to use them, but for Christmas with fresh vibrant colors for the season? Wreath of summer-dried flowers…
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