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The Seven Summits: Gardens to Conquer Before I Go

The Seven Summits: Gardens to Conquer Before I Go

Mountain climbers have it easy. Their targets of conquest are objectively defined: simply find the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents and go for it. There’s no debate about height.

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Dear Garden: A Winter Confession to my Sleeping Garden

Dear Garden: A Winter Confession to my Sleeping Garden

Can’t stop thinking of you. As the days tick closer to our reunion, I imagine running into your arms on that first warmish morning (me splashing coffee on my flannels–you with your winter bed head) both of us anxious to see what damage the deer, snow, ice, voles and various other assailants have done.

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Dahlia and the Blue Iguana Garden

Dahlia and the Blue Iguana Garden

A mini orchid floats in my Cayman Punch. Actually that’s about all the flower gazing I have planned for this beach trip. Yet, through the haze of mid-day drinks and the occasional dip in the ocean, a floral cocktail garnish is enough to rouse my rum-soaked garden gene out of its stupor and into action.

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From My Kitchen Window

From My Kitchen Window

Holiday clean up continues as I hear Julia Roberts from the other room imploring Robin Williams to “find his happy thought.”  We’re now “Hooked”and enjoying the lazy days between Christmas and New Year’s, when old movie favorites echo through the house at all hours.

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The Regifted Garden

The Regifted Garden

Not all regifted items are loathsome. In fact, cheapskate gift giving represents an ancient art form that can range from horrendous to heartfelt.

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Still Mad about Monet

Still Mad about Monet

I recently unearthed some photos dating from 1998 back in the infancy of my GARDENFREAK! affliction. I was on a romantic trip with my husband through France when I fell madly in love with someone else.

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