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Trekking the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

“Those Warthogs” said our guide Ayuba pointing at a pig-like creature grazing nearby, “want to destroy my home”. If I had felt sleepy from our long eight-hour drive from the capital, Addis Ababa, the jolt from this astonishing statement put paid to that. I was imagining that they could do a lot of damage and fretted about our safety....

Why You should Stopover in Iceland on Your Way to San Francisco

Direct flights are the way to go. Why add on hours changing planes when you don’t have to. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I changed my mind. Why? Last month Icelandair launched their new flight to San Francisco from London’s Heathrow airport with a stopover in Iceland for few days included in the price. In effect this was a two-country holiday. This...

How to Grow Asparagus

If you love asparagus and want to grow some yourself, waste no time in getting started. Even with the best of care, an asparagus bed won’t hit its stride for several years. But once that happens, the bed will produce an abundant crop of spears spring after spring for at least the next 20 to 30 years. In the old...

Growing Tuberous Begonias in Garden

Of the more than 1,000 species of begonias known to man, the tuberous begonias must be considered the most stunning. With up to 8-inch, showy flowers that bloom from summer to fall, tuberous begonias provide all-season color when planted in containers and beds. Perhaps their greatest attribute is that they bloom in the shade. Breeders have created various classes...

Watering Plants while Away

A week’s vacation at the beach might be a welcome break for you, but the absence of a doting gardener can wreak havoc on your indoor and outdoor plants. Here are some tools, tips and techniques that will help plants thrive while you’re away, so you can come home from your trip to healthy gardens and happy houseplants. And,...

Growing Succulents in Containers

For a great new look in container gardens, think succulents! These fleshy-leaved plants thrive in the simplest of pots and their distinctive shapes and colors provide endless opportunities for creativity. The plants we refer to as succulents include sempervivums, sedums, aloes, kalanchoes, echeverias and other fleshy-leaved species. These plants have evolved in some of the toughest growing conditions on...

Create a Monarch Waystation

Monarch butterflies making their way back to North America from their winter habitat in Mexico follow a well-marked trail. These striking orange-and-black butterflies are looking for one thing: milkweed (asclepias). And when you plant milkweed in your garden, it’s like rolling out a welcome mat for monarchs. Spring is the beginning of the monarch’s breeding season, and milkweed is...

How to Create Pots and Planters in Your Garden

Imagine if your pots and planters always looked fabulous. “Wow!” your friends would say to one another, “How does she do it?” Gone are the days when you could feel good about just picking up a couple red geraniums and some pink wax begonias. The pressure is on. Your pots and planters need panache! So this spring, before you...