Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome New Year, 2015


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Actually, it's just a hellebore and usually called
Christmas Rose
or Lenten Rose, but for my purpose today
of
wishing  you all a
Wonderful New Year...
let’s call it a New Year’s Rose


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and let’s call this a New Year’s Tree because it is
so full of life

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and Skimmia, which is a fleeting garden presence,
is at this moment full of verve  -- fine Christmas decor,
this nice reddish-purple

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Holiday green and red is even better when
the red’s a little richer,
like burgundy or claret...
those gorgeous bacchanalian colors
of grapes and wine can only
be achieved in  nature

the last leaves of Hydrangea oak-leaf

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The lush tones of turning-toward-winter Acer japonica
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the lush leaves of the underrated Oxalis, which is a perennial 
for me
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The Holidays have been good to us

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you might notice that I kept my long
Hamlet hair, but will be gone in the New Year


The Nature Trail is filled with happiness
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and hungry ducks
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We invite you in
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The new goose has settled down and seems right at home
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The swans are more proprietary than ever
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Dell Cullum’s photos have never been more beautiful
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...and at home we had festive touches here and there,
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ever more artistic wrapping of The Fig Tree
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and this little dog waddling around singing 
Jingle Bells – Ho Ho Ho
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but we didn’t go all out because now we are off on a jaunt to Tuscany, Florence to be exact,
to take in all the wonders.
  In my pre-now life I was too busy shopping and
I have to admit, I couldn't tell one saint from the other

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Things have changed radically.
Now I will not miss glorious things like the
Vasari Corridor and the
frescoed Churches...so, I really feel this
family trip is
as if my first time.


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That walkway on top of the Ponte Vecchio is the art-lined corridor that was built by the Medicis to take them across the river to the Pitti Palace without having to mingle.


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I can hardly wait, but
because I will be away til January 15th,
there are no
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Hot Offers attached here...
only my


VERY GOOD WISHES
for an
EXUBERANT  NEW  YEAR
and, of course

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PEACE in the WORLD


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Mahonia ripening up means spring is coming, you know


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Monday, December 1, 2014

An Appreciation


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It’s impossible to prioritize...with so many choices to be thankful for
...so lucky to have such a gratifying  life...

but here are a few that seem timely to share:


The sudden burst of a flower when you least expect it:

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These yellow blossoms not so great,
but the temperatures had plummeted below freezing
when this
Farfugium 'Crested Leopard'
threw up its daisies
last week.  Wow.


The indomitability of Euphorbia:

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Almost indistinct from the ground-hugging pine -
but look closely to see the Fern-leaf
Euphorbia in front of the ground-hugging pine



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E. myrsinites is a great one:  the colder the perkier

Good old E. robbiae self-seeding/spreading
to all the right places

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(I swear I never planted this patch)

and the extremely cheerful E. 'Ascot Rainbow'

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Euphorbias in my garden are the
Only Perennials still going strong.

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Thanks to The Village of East Hampton
for collecting our leaves...
this an especially gigantic pile
with many more accumulating each day

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And a particular thanks to wonderful Mama Nature for  matching the autumn palette with the dogs 
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They luxuriate in crunching through
the leaves


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And another unexpected thing to be thankful for...
not totally crashing on this, the second day,
of life without Hamlet...

After several weeks of total Shakespeare rapture,
I was expecting skidding down to human ground
to be, well...maybe fraught...

But when Hamlet says “What a piece of work is man”

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He means it...


The glorious
and intricate natural world

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provides beauty and solace


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So turning one's back

to now happily resume tangible tasks, like
HUNDREDS of
bulbs still to plant – well, baby
Life goes on
&
The Lady Protests Not Too much


For those of you who could not join our
 Court at Elsinore

Here is a little taste:

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern with Hamlet
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Hamlet driving Ophelia mad
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Ophelia’s funeral -
the flowers you see are good fake Calla lilies,
but the "weedy trophies" she drowns with are:
nettles, daisies, crowflowers and long purples

currently better known as:
Lamium, daisies, buttercups and sexy dark orchids

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Gertrude drinking from the poisoned cup
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Hamlet was a wonderful experience...
even though as expected,
everyone dies


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As do the autumn leaves...
but they are so glamorous in their extinguishing that
the many great patterns and colors deserve distinguishing.
Here is a small sampling of
my Japanese maples:


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the mysterious bountiful Acer japonica -
 a big tree 


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another breathtaking A. japonica,
a big look from hardly a sapling


The shy autumn redness of the dwarf Acer ‘Shaina’

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The screaming red of a ‘Bloodgood’
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and this golder-than-gold, is commonly called
the coralbark maple because of its screaming bright winter bark

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which is now mousey-brown,
but soon...


and this is hard to believe, but...

A few figs actually ripened in November -
right here on Eastern Long Island.
Delicious

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And Now I present some things that  I hope you
will be thankful for:

If you are anything like me, you have not done one iota of Christmas shopping and the whole concept
of Black Friday makes me sick.
(Also, Lys’ birthday is two weeks before Christmas
and coming up with ideas to surprise
 her takes up all my early shopping stamina)

So...If you are in the same boat
for any reason...



Here magically charmed are the
Best @ Dianne B offerings into several
superbly aligned Christmas packages.

Surely everyone reading this has a favorite gardener
on their Christmas list...
one of these packages
will be exactly the
right thing,
I hope


 TOTALLY ENTHRALLING
GIFTS for GARDENERS



The prices are slightly Christmas specialized,
but  even better than yet another bargain...
where else could such distinctive gifts come with

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Match your Favorite Gardener up to
One of These Irresistibles:


For the Left-Handed Gardener
What could make a leftie happier than their very own
especially designed to fit
Felco
and
Potting Trowel
Every gardener needs both of these items and both of these have been engineered to fit only the left hand
....Special Christmas Price
$110


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For The Gardener Who Has Everything
Two things few gardeners have splurged for:

The Dig Deep Weeder – the finest tool of its kind,
slick, sharp and made in Holland
and
The Gardener's Peeping Stick – exclusive at Dianne B – indispensible for seeing the real beauty in every flower
$95 for both


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GARDEN GLOVE DREAM DUO
Leather and the Little Black – perfect for every season and every garden chore
the Chic Gauntlet and the perfect Little Black Glove
specify S M or L
$50 for both!


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LOADED TOOL  BELT
This tool belt was made especially for Dianne B to hold a Felco and the superlative Japanese Clipper.
Dianne can no longer get the clippers from Japan,
but is making the last few pair available with the purchase of the tool belt.
 It can be had with the Clippers for $95
(supply your own Felco)
or
complete with clippers and new #2 Felco for $150


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and last perhaps the classiest....

THE COUTURE GARDEN
ESSENTIAL GIFT


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THE USA Made Myrtlewood Trug
with Twine, 25 Zinc Markers, the Rare long-handled Yard Bag, and the perfect Little Black Glove
Everything you need to Garden with Style
$110



HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL


...and  prayers  for those
in the sadder messier parts of the world


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