Category Archives: Plants & Gardening

The Art of growing and cultivating plants: vegetables, flowers, fruits and ornamental plants. Focusing on eco friendly and sustainable techniques: guerrilla gardening, vertical gardens, edible yards, garden art, and more.

Bonsai & Broom

I live in a condominium that’s wrapped around a meticulously kept central courtyard. To leave the complex, I must pass in front of a ledge holding a neat row of cacti and bonsai. Very Zen. But right below the plants … Continue reading

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The Power of Pits

Years ago I threw a peach pit into a pot. Discreetly hidden behind a potted yucca, it finally sprouted and started to grow. Then, last August, my tossed pit provided me with five of the best tasting peaches I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Daphne and the Bay Leaf

Sometimes we go for a walk at Villa Ada. I took a clipping from one of the laurel shrubs and stuck it in a pot on our balcony. Now it’s growing and aims for the sky. Laurel, aka bay leaf, … Continue reading

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From the Inside Looking Out

This is the view I have every morning when I drink my coffee. It makes me glow inside and gives the day a good start. It’s a view with so many stories. There’s the little table where we have lunch … Continue reading

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Pruning as a Form of Logic

When we got here, our bougainvillea was out of control. I started trimming it very politely but my neighbour kept saying “Cut! cut! cut!” so I did. I consulted the Royal Horticultural Society’s book on pruning. It’s almost a book … Continue reading

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