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Fergus Garrett | DancingRedRanch.com

Christo, Fergus and me

Central Texas has been rainy this month, so everything here is surprisingly, and rather oddly, green. Still, it’s too hot to start planting and will be for at least another four to six weeks. Sidelined, I turn to books. Today I finished one by Christopher Lloyd — The Adventurous Gardener. (I’m concurrently working my way […]

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Cleve West garden tips | DancingRedRanch.com

How to make a small garden feel larger

After a vigorous morning out in the garden yesterday, I continued the experience inside by reading through my takeaways from last spring’s British garden tour. One of the highlights was the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which included a substantial brochure about seven-time RHS Gold Medalist Clive West’s contemporary paradise garden. The brochure profiled West, a […]

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bug hotel @ stowe | DancingRedRanch.com

How to build a luxury bug hotel

When I happened upon this structure on way out of Stowe, during my first English garden-tour in spring 2013, I assumed it was a sculpture. So I snapped this picture. Absolutely gorgeous! Eventually, I learned that the sculpture had a primarily practical purpose: it’s a bug hotel. A “luxury” bug hotel. (And, in England, that’s […]

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Sissinghurst purple border | DancingRedRanch.com

Garden photography tips from the National Trust

I know it’s a poor craftsperson who blames her tools, but my garden photography has taken a dip in quality since I bought my Photojojo iPhone lenses. So I dug into the archives from my tour of British gardens last year to retrieve my top tips from National Trust garden photographer David Dixon. My husband […]

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Christopher Lloyd | DancingRedRanch.com

Christopher Lloyd: Against garden labels

Spring has come so very slowly to my gardens in Texas. Many of my little lovelies were nipped in the final, late frost, and I crawl around every day looking for any sign of life. Now I find that I am not recognizing some of the new plants. It’s like when I’m writing, and I […]

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