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Outside our bedroom window lives an old navel orange tree covered in blossoms filled by roaring bees. Every spring for over thirty years it's done this, so I always associate the smell of orange blossoms with the roaring of the bees. This makes both the sound and the smell somehow richer. They're there now.

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This interesting TED talk argues for more diversity in gardens. By letting one's garden "go wild," we create more opportunities for local wildlife and soil organisms to grow with our food and flowers.

[youtu_be]https://youtu.be/qxgE0q1_m6U?si=XAaMugF6nFiUxMqp[/youtu_be]

This can be described as "lazy" gardening, but it's not. It's really conscious gardening. It's "existential multi-tasking."

"Gardening is a long game."

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Sounds like the quintessential English garden, not neat rows like you see in public parks, but a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers.
https://www.thespruce.com/english-garde ... ns-4588055
An English garden is, he says, “like nature, only better. Nature with all the awkward bits smoothed out. And then picturesque, like a landscape painting.”
https://thegardenstrust.blog/2016/07/23 ... sh-garden/

King Charles when he was Prince of Wales, bought Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. He was keen on gardening and the gardens are now open to the public for a fee which goes to charity.
https://www.highgrovegardens.com
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My basil, cilantro, thyme, chives, spear and pepper mint all prospering. Going to plant two types of sweet corn tomorrow - one small patch by patio and the other up near house front besides porch where I had some bougainvillea removed. Hopefully, if the ones in front survive, the local thieves won't steal it.
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When I first read this post, I was interested in growing some of the stuff myself. Starting small, a planter should do nicely I thought. Grabbed the phone- Siri… get me Swiss Chard seeds. They arrive quickly, plant, water, wait...wait…

Guess that voice recognition has a bit further to go before perfect.
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I always soak my seeds overnight in warm water before I plant them. But this time I bought already growing plants from our local Little Red Hen store, which employs people who have mental problems. One of their problems is they love to grow plants. If you have some seeds left, soak them overnight in warm water then plant. You should get some sprouts.

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The idea of a rotating summerhouse sounds like something straight out of a fantasy novel. I mean, who wouldn't want a cozy little spot that spins to catch the best sunlight all day long?

But, before diving into the spinning oasis dream, let's mull over practicalities. How durable are these structures? Are they sturdy enough to withstand wild weather swings? And maintenance-wise, are they more hassle than they're worth?

As for me, I'm all for innovative chill spots, but I also like to keep it grounded. The concept is cool, but I'd need more info before committing. Plus, I wonder about the cost. Are these rotating summerhouses budget-friendly, or are they more of a luxury splurge?

What do y'all think? Would you swap out your traditional patio setup for a spinning retreat? Share your thoughts! And hey, speaking of cool hangouts, ever heard of https://www.scottsofthrapston.co.uk/rot ... merhouses/?
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I wish I could rotate out the neighbor's trees for six or eight hours a day so I could grow tomatoes. But, alas, it is not to be.

As luck would have it, last night I harvested the first of the basil. I'll have two pretty good bushes of basil in a week or two. But that crisp and sweet taste of the fresh basil graced my rice last night. Totally worth it.

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