I’ve been back since Monday, but this being the Best Week Ever, I’ve been a little busy. Certainly too busy to look at all 900 of my Cuba photos, let alone upload them and write about our vacation. So I’m giving you a very small sampling with the above photo of what the locals called […]
Archives for January 2006
Well, we’re off. I’ll be in Havana and Viñales, Cuba, until January 24. I promise to bring back photos, stories, and tales of Cuban gardens. Until then, here’s an excerpt from the Havana Moon Handbook on the royal palm, Rostonea regia: The indisputable symbol of Cuba is the majestic royal palm, which grows singly or […]
Container water gardens
There are three – count ’em – three ponds where I live now (mind you, it’s a half-acre property). I love the ponds. I love the sound of the waterfalls, I love the waterlilies that bloom in the summer, and I really love the koi. Kids get such a kick out of feeding them; some […]
Exploratorium – Science of Gardening
I’m a fan of anything that gets kids interested in gardens and gardening. From planning a child-friendly garden to helping your (grand)child plant his or her first sunflower seed, anything that encourages kids to turn off the TV and get outside is okay with me. Exploratorium: Science of Gardening might just do that. An online […]
Rain, rain, go away!
Listening to the radio on the way into work today, I heard that Vancouver hasn’t had a day without rain since December 15! Of course, that includes every time we’ve had a drop of rain, even if that was the only drop that day. But still, it feels like it’s been raining forever. And the […]
Horsetail in the home
In what seems to be a glorious moment of serendipity, I’ve discovered Livinglass, laminated architectural glass that can be used in furniture, doors, partitions, floors, countertops and more. Described as “inspired by the colors and textures of nature,” Livinglass “captures organic materials within luminous sheets of clear glass.” Perfect for gardeners, n’est pas? I mentioned […]
All the gardening catalogues you’ll ever need
As much as I try to reduce the amount of paper I use, there’s something wonderful about settling in for the evening with a mug of tea, a cat on your lap and a big ol’ stack of seed catalogues. During these dreary winter months, us northern-hemisphere gardeners can mostly just dream about springtime and […]
Has the fat lady sung for my paperwhites?
I was always told that paperwhite bulbs were only good for one round of forcing, and to throw them away after the party ended. Of course, I had to at least try to get them to bloom again. I saved last year’s forced bulbs and replanted them, hoping to force them for Christmas. Sadly, only […]