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Paige's Highlight(s)

I've decided to post a highlight or two based on cool things I've found over the week.  Trying to find 5 cool things ended up being a bit much and I'd just not post!


Edible Landscaping.  This is definitely a topic I've discussed before, but here is an awesome blog by Rosalind Creasy on the topic.  She wrote an article for Mother Earth News, and it linked me to her blog.  It's a great resource with beautiful pictures--definitely an inspiration for form AND function.  Who says the vegetable garden can't be as pretty--or prettier!--than the average flowerbed!  To be honest, I've noticed that people who inserted edibles into their landscape tend to have better and more beautiful gardens.  Rather than having your attention divided by the pretty beds and the functional beds, you have both in one.  And, I've found that you're drawn in by the allure of delicious tomatoes, and you stay a little longer because it's aesthetically pleasing to the eye.   Think of anywhere you might use an ornamental and an edible can substitute.  Wisteria on a pergola--grapes and hardy kiwi.  Ferns--think Asparagus (there's a reason it's called asparagus fern!).   Broad leaved hostas--go for rhubarb!  That terrible poky red-leaved shrub that every landscaper has a fascination with (can't remember the name)--blueberries, please.  Mums--think cabbage and colored cauliflower.  Ornamental cherry--go for the real deal.  Marigolds--nasturtiums are edible!  Am I going to  completely toss out my hydrangeas and clematis and hostas and ferns, no.  But where able, I'd like to get a little more bang for my buck!

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