Viva Vita! 05-4

From More for Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West May 30, 1954 There is nothing like the gentle, removing touch of slight illness to induce meditation over some experience recently enjoyed. One must not be too ill, only just ill enough to justify a couple of days in bed, with sufficient fever to heighten the perceptions. Life is…

Soils Management (Amendment Alternatives)

It might be said that plants are only as good as the soil you grow them in. In this regard, the nutrient cycle for soil is extremely important. In both agriculture and gardening it is important to be cognizant of the full spectrum of a soil’s characteristics. Generally speaking, most soils will require some form of…

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Rainer Reviews Kingsbury

Thomas Rainer on Noel Kingbury reposted from his blog Grounded Design Noel Kingsbury: The Ghost in the Machine Thoughts on Noel Kingsbury’s contribution and a review of his latest book with Piet Oudolf…  Noel Kingsbury is the great chronicler of contemporary planting design.  Kingsbury has been involved in over twenty books spanning the last two decades, most…

Soils Management (Soil Biology / aka: Cool Critters)

All I can say is that I have been so inspired by my Soils Management class that I have decided to write a children’s book called Cirque Du Soil. FYI–you can download David Attenboro’s Life In The Undergrowth for as little as $8.99 on I-Tunes and elsewhere. I highly recommend it!

Viva Vita! 05-3

From In Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West May 28, 1950 The roses are coming out, and I hope everybody will take the opportunity of seeing as many of the old roses as possible. They may roughly be described as roses that should be grown as shrubs; that is, allowed to ramp away into big bushes, and allowed…

The Curious Gardener (May)

From The Curious Gardener  By Anna Pavord For most of the year, Chelsea is a football club. But for one brief, hallucinatory week in May, it becomes a flower show. Since 1913, the Royal Horticultural Society has commandeered the eleven-acre grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea (home of the red-coated pensioners) and filled them with roses…

Viva Vita! 05-2

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West May 4, 1952 There must be some curious philological or Grimm’s Law which makes English-speaking people call anemones anenomes, transferring the m into the place of the n. So perhaps it is beter to adopt the pretty though unscientific name of Wind-flower, as it is about the anemones or Wind-flowers that I…