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In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries death came early for many due to disease, childbirth and harsh living conditions. One way people coped with their loss was to memorialize their loved ones with mourning arts. They usually included the name … more
In the last couple of weeks a friend and then a neighbor (also a friend) mentioned seeing a snake in their garden as if that was an unusual and freaky occurrence. I have another friend, a professional gardener who refuses to work near rock walls or … more
Q: I have a painting which I found when I was cleaning out a relatives house. It appears to be signed by the artist “Riviera” or “Rivera”. It has a paper stuck on the back which explains that it is an authentic work of art signed by the … more
You already know that I’m as crazy about flowers as the bees are but show me a plant with burgundy, yellow, blue, orange, or striped-white foliage—anything other than one of the million shades of green—and I’ll do my darnedest to cram it … more
Q. I am considering buying a chair from a neighbor. It is being advertised as an “Eames” chair. How do I know that is real, and what is a reasonable price to offer? My neighbor bought it at an estate sale in the 1970’s. A. Husband and … more
There’s so much going on in the June garden my choice of topics is overwhelming. I could share my latest list of impulse purchases, which includes ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius) number three, a moundy-roundy purple-flowered mint-scented tender … more
Q. I have a very large mirror from my last home in Utah. When we moved to Barrington, we found our current home doesn't have room and I have the mirror in storage. I've thought about selling the mirror, but because of its size I'd like to get an … more
The other day at work I met a Master Gardener from Florida who couldn’t stop gushing about peonies. He can’t grow them in his garden because peonies require vernalization—a period of time chilled by the kind of cold that always makes us … more
Q. I have this old music box that belonged to my grandmother. The cabinet is 16” long and the cylinder is 12” long. It has a paper label with a list of songs including “Auld Lang Syne”. The rest is in German and I cannot read it. It does … more
My garden is as full of mistakes as it is of plants. When I’m feeling extra critical or envious of picture-perfect gardens in magazines I see all of the stupid ideas, misplaced plants, egregious wonkiness, and weeds. And then I pick at every error … more
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