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Garden 'siteseeing' around the world

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There are always elements of familiarity as well as diversity when we travel far from home. This week's Web visits to gardeners in Croatia, New Zealand, Germany, and Canada certainly confirms that, as we see plants we know well and those that are new acquaintances.

Lady Greenthumb's Garden is in Zagreb, Croatia. Currently looking good there are roses, asters, cosmos, ornamental grasses, and brilliant fall foliage.

In a discussion about tree spurge (Euphorbia dendroides), though, she says she's drawn to less-spectacular plants: "I always loved to go astray and find delight in all those neglected, out-of-the-ordinary specimens which were doing their best to draw someone's attention, but were obviously poorly informed on the current trends in the world."

I enjoyed tagging along on her guided tour of Zagreb and could almost see the gaslights glowing at dusk and hear the cannon that's shot off to announce that it's noon.

I also applauded this very season-appropriate quote from Nathaniel Hawthorn that she had posted: "I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."

There's so much going on at Moosey's Country Garden in New Zealand that the site isn't always easy to navigate. Annuals, perennials, Hampton Court Flower Show, garden seats, New Zealand journeys -- click on any of the icons, and you're in for a treat.

But you might want to start at the current posts that Mary -- called Moosey by her children -- writes.


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