Monthly Archives: February 2011

Montado Landscapes in Portugal

The cork trees are what I noticed first: squat, rough-looking trees stripped of their bark 2/3 of the way up the trunk or sometimes even up the larger branches. I loved the way the cork and olive trees looked in … Continue reading

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Infinite Permutations: Tile Skins in Portugal

They tile the buildings in Portugal. Apparently the climate is so mild they work well, and are really good at weathering the salty, moist air by the sea. I collected tiles alongside sidewalk patterns, again, there were so many! Hand-painted, … Continue reading

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Infinite Permutations: Sidewalks in Portugal

On my trip to Portugal in February, I collected patterns of the black and white sidewalks made from irregular chunks of stone. There were different patterns in every square, every street. Some were refined, with pieces clearly cut – others … Continue reading

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Pictures are worth 1,000 words: sometimes the wrong ones

Photos – they aren’t always what they seem: especially with landscape/plant photos. Continue reading

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Two more favorite edibles for New England Gardens

Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago) is a lesser-know native, but you can get them in the nursery trade now! A little rangy, but great fruit, considered the best of the Viburnums. Viburum trilobum is much more compact and neat, with great fall … Continue reading

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Top 10 Edible Plants for New England Gardens

My favorite edibles for your New England garden! All are easy to grow, tasty right off the plant, and provide year-round interest. Continue reading

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Eat your garden: GREENS

Ever wonder the best way to cook your garden greens? This is my favorite… a synopsis from Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers’ book, Greens Glorious Greens! Continue reading

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Eat your Garden: WEEDS!

Wondering if all those weeds have to go in the compost? Many you can actually eat! Continue reading

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