Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ode to Crocus

I’d like to narrow my focus dedicate this post to the humble crocus harbinger of spring every heart that thrills to the joy of burgeoning spring knows nature’s sly ploy in erasing winter snow crocus shine pristine white, gold, mauve … Continue reading

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Apparently I’m Versatile!

Two friends/blogging buddies have nominated me for this award, not really sure what it’s all about, but here goes… Thanks to: Pip, who pens a funny, informative blog about living in Portugal, and The Redneck Princess, a good friend and … Continue reading

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Growing Carrots

In my last post I mentioned that carrots are difficult to grow here.  I think they would win the prize for the vegetable crop most likely to be given up on.  So many customers at the garden centre have told … Continue reading

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Vegetable Garden Plans for 2011

What shall I grow this year?  Even better, what new things should I try this year?  I always make a point of experimenting with new plants, or at least new varieties of plants I like. For my vegetable garden I … Continue reading

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Rising Food Prices

There was another story on the news tonight about the rising price of food.  Of course the media sensationalizes and promotes the fear that we’ll soon be starving in the streets, but maybe there will be some positive effects stemming … Continue reading

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Deer-proof Plants Part III

Finally, I’ll show you which ornamental grasses, perennials, bulbs and annuals I’m growing in my front yard.  Ornamental grasses are great, the rabbits on steroids haven’t touched my: Fargesia murielae (Umbrella Bamboo), which I keep in an oak barrel even … Continue reading

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