SHOWHOUSE FLOWERS

SHOWHOUSE FLOWERS             If you ever thumb through the pages of a “shelter magazine” such as House Beautiful or House & Garden, you will see photographs that contain very few human beings and lots of flowers and plants.  This focus on greenery is not restricted to the one or two feature articles that such publications generally devote to gardening.  Growing […]

TROPICAL DREAMS

TROPICAL DREAMS             A slow spring is absolutely painful.  After waiting all winter for the warm soft breezes and pollen-induced sneezes that herald spring in this part of the world, it is awful to have to put up with cold rainy weather.  It seems to dampen the spirits without appreciably diminishing the pollen count.             Still, there are compensations.  The […]

Twining and Vining

Twining and Vining             I started thinking about vines when I found a turn-of-the-last-century photograph of my house, and noticed that a vine used to climb up the pillar to the right of the front door.  The large front porch, so beloved of realtors, was, at the time, almost completely obscured by a curtain of vines.  They must have been […]