How do you take care of a Camellia bush? Originally native to eastern and southern Asia, the glossy foliage and outstanding colourful blooms of modern Camellia cultivars makes them a luxuriant, albeit often expensive, choice for the garden. However, once planted issues may occur in subsequent years which can take the metaphorical shine off of your coveted specimens. So to avoid this, how do you take care of a Camellia bush? How do you take care of a Camellia bush? If you hav...
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“Dr. Biden’s Garden” and Inaugural Dress – Looks like she’s a Garden-Lover!

Post-election, I wrote “First Lady Jill Biden and the White House Gardens,” listing everything my research unearthed about Dr. Biden as a gardener or garden-lover, and speculating on whether she would change the White House gardens and grounds in some way. Dr. Biden’s Garden Along with some commenters expressing shock and anger that on November 12 I’d acknowledged Biden’s win came this comment on the GardenRant Facebook page:  Laura Dowling, of course, had authored her book about floral desig...
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Josie Meets Princess Sunflower and Makes Blueberry Buckle

Meema and I made Blueberry Buckle. I helped a lot. First I had to grease the pan so  the buckle wouldn't stick. I am good at this job. I also sneak little pieces of butter to eat. I helped stir the batter then Meema poured it in the pan. Then I put blueberries all over. Meema mixed up sugar and butter and flour and cinnamon for a crumbly topping and we put it i the oven to bake.   Then Meema said there was another surprise for me from Aunt Fay. It was a beauti...
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Why this new examination of trees is worth its weight in gold

24 karat gold. It is the measure designated for pure gold. But where does it come from? Ironically, it is derived from the seeds of a carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua), an arboreal species that you could hardly call glittery or glitzy. Carob tree flowers are drab and barely noticeable, and since the carob is an evergreen species, its leaves do not change color. As noted by Max Adams, author of “Trees of Life” (Princeton University Press, 2021), “Twenty-four carob seeds came to be the standard weigh...
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Struggling with Technology

I am on a new laptop. The old one has multiple issues but I've been babying it along, waiting for the day I could go into a store, pick out a replacement, and turn it over to the Geek Squad to set up, as I've done in the past. Alas, the battery/charger setup was growing more and more  temperamental-sometimes refusing to charge at all--and I have Zoom classes beginning next week. Plus I'm in the middle of editing a novel for a client. So I ordered online and now am in the throes of s...
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The Hill We Climb

                          I thought that the inauguration hit all the right notes, and none more so than this amazing poem, beautifully delivered by Amanda Gorman. Watch it HERE . “The Hill We Climb” Amanda Gorman When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet th...
Tags: Gardening, Poem, West, South, Northeast, Vicki Lane, Amanda Gorman, Inaugration 2021


Hardy banana seed can be sown at anytime of year so long as you can break its seed dormancy. To achieve this, soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water before planting. Using either a seed tray of modular tray, fill with a good quality seed compost such as John Innes ‘Seed and Potting’. Then using a dibber – or an old pencil as in my case - sow the hardy banana seed ¼in deep. Backfill the hole with a little more compost then water thoroughly. Allow the excess water to drain then seal the tray ...
Tags: Gardening, Celsius, John Innes, Simon Eade, Musa Helen, Sikkimensis, Formosana, E Glaucum, Musa Formosa

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