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Garden 'siteseeing' in England and the US

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 With my plants finally biting the dust because of frost, what I should be doing is getting out and cleaning up the garden -- pulling down the tomato vines, putting the terra-cotta pots in the the garage for the winter, and mulching evergreens. But it's cold and windy today, so I'll leave all that for later. Instead, I'll stay indoors at my computer and visit other gardeners, to see what they're doing.

The Reluctant Garden Designer calls herself "a Swedish garden grump" who has found "horticultural harmony" on the south coast of England. That's because in East Sussex, the winter weather is so much better for gardening than back in Sweden.

So Camellia,  a graphic designer and talented amateur photographer),  is falling in love with evergreens -- they're not dull or boring at all (as the British sometimes complain), she says, if you're used to the cold and snow of Sweden, where many of England's evergreen plants are deciduous.

She visits Kew Gardens, grows lavender, makes a drawing of her landscape, and comments that a butterfly bush in bloom can resemble  a  woman in curlers who's had a rough night.Isn't that a wonderful comparison?

I started visiting this blog for the photography, but now very much enjoy the quiet and interesting posts.

The Cactus Blog actually belongs to a California Nursery, Cactus Jungle, not an individual. Although its focus is San Francisco and Berkeley, its range is actually country- and worldwide.


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