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NEW GARDEN INFRASTRUCTURE…

Trellises have become a bit of a joke in our conversations.  Stephen suggests I have a fetish. I argue function.  Soundcliff’s gardens are anything but level…no broad horizontal spaces for row crops,  so to grow up makes sense to me…  I’ll own such fetish. There have been several incarnations of bean & pea supports like this, which I put inside the Mashua trelliswhich is 3 years old, I think. Low plants such as the zucchini I tried…

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SUMMER GARDEN…

This  season was quite fine… making the garden rather glorious from early spring until now…  [I still work to learn making photos with the new Nikon… still intimidated by its complexity… so some of these images were made on my iPhone as well, which is obviously more usually at hand… First, a bit of early spring cleaning brought out a dried arrangement from last year’s garden, which had been enjoyed  indoors all winter… Hydrangea, Sedum & Acanthus…  the colors faded mellow…

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JAPAN [seven]: KYUSHU / KARATSU/ / YOYOKAKU… FINALE…

[NOTE: This is the seventh post about our trip to Japan. Click on the tab “JAPAN” in the cloud on the right to see earlier posts made in November & December.] TRAIN TO KYUSHU: Sunday morning: On the train from Kyoto to the southern island of Kyushu to the ryokan [a traditional Japanese inn] which has been recommended by our Island friend. The ride in the beginning was quite delightfully smooth even at something more than 150…

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Sand Mandala In Florida…

I want to share a small story from inside our holiday travels from home to Minnesota to Florida then back home… We were a traveling quartet consisting a delightfully determined doyenne in her mid-90s, a gay couple noting our 20-year relationship at ages 65 & 70… plus our Downs brother Mark, 56… who has thus the most unique abilities of us all… despite that each of us presumes ourselves as being the one keeping…

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JAPAN [five]: THE GOLDEN TEMPLE & GARDEN…

 As first-time visitors we were following guidance of those before,  including our friend Terry, who first visited & lived in Japan during his college years… he is known for his cultivation of a large Japanese garden near Seattle for many years & now is known on our Vashon Island for his  garden & water-feature design with very sensitive rock work… quite wonderful! He recommended the palace & temple gardens of Kyoto as essential destinations. They are, of course, well known… thus…

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