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42 Top Seeds for 2013 ~From Some Favorite Gardeners and Seed Sources

I’m a seed-aholic. No matter how hard I try to control myself, each winter I can’t resist experimenting with new introductions. Oh yes, and I must have another variety of amaranths, nicotianas…or whatever. I convince myself that it’s inexpensive ~ after all, another $2.75 spent on what will surely be dozens of beautiful flowers …and as a steward of my piece of land, it’s important for me to do.

What started as a post on my selection of 15 top seeds for 2013 has grown into a list of the Top 42 Seeds for 2013 from some of my favorite gardeners and seed companies .

MY PICKS

Red Giant Mustard -Dan Benarcik at Chanticleer turned me on to what has become one of my all time favorites.

Red Mustard Leaves at Chanticleer Photo Courtesy of Fran Sorin

Red Giant Mustard at Chanticleer
Photo Courtesy of Fran Sorin

Red giant Mustard at Teapot Garden ~ Chanticleer Photo Courtesy of Fran Sorin

Red Giant Mustard at Teapot Garden ~ Chanticleer
Photo Courtesy of Fran Sorin

Red Mustard Leaves Taken at Chanticleer Photo ~ Fran Sorin

Red Giant Mustard
at Chanticleer
Photo Courtesy of Fran Sorin

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Breathing Life Back Into A Blog

Recently I tackled the challenge of energizing an established blog.

The back story: In 2007, garden author Nan Ondra and I launched Gardening Gone Wild. (Photographer Rob Cardillo introduced us.) Nan and I wrote passionately about natural, free-flowing gardens. We loved writing without publishers and editors hovering. When comments came in from all over the world, we were surprised and thrilled.

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Thoughts For The New Year

 Did you ever wonder why the word ‘play’ is used to describe practicing an instrument? As a child after coming home from school and finishing my snack, I would tell my mother that I was going to ‘play the piano’. I would then sit down at the piano often practicing scales for a good half hour until I felt that I had given my fingers and brain a good work out before even beginning to play music. So what was it that I was doing all those years and continue to do on my cello today? Working or playing?

4 chimpanzees on arbor-croppedWe tend to think of play as the domain of children and animals. Of course that’s not true!  As I discuss in my book Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through GardeningContinue Reading →

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Picture This Reminder for October 2010

Helianthus Music Box cropped A reminder to all of you procrastinators (or for those of you are sitting on the sidelines) that the deadline for this month’s Picture This Photo Contest is only a few days away. The theme is ‘fall on a flatbed scanner’; Nan learned about this technique from Craig Cramer of Ellis Hollow who is our judge for this month.

To enter, post your selected photo on your own blog. Then visit the first of the month post on GGW, written by Nan, announcing the subject for the contest. Leave two links there: one directly to your photo and another to your post. This month’s entry deadline is October 21, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

For more information about this month’s contest, click on Picture This Photo Contest for October 2010. And don’t forget to check out the gallery of all of this month’s images at GGW Picture This Entries October 2010. To see our past themes, visit GGW Picture This Photo Contest.

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Picture This Winners for May

First, a big thanks to those who threw their hats into the ring this month without having an official judge. I did tell you, though, that there would be a judge or judges who would select a winner based strictly on what grabbed her.

The two lucky judges this month are Nan and myself. We each had a lot of fun making our selections.

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