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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back from AZ & Our Gloria is in WSJ


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Our blogging friend Gloria Bonde's house and garden are in a picture in today's issue of the Wall Street Journal!
I was sipping coffee in my garden and looking through the WSJ when I saw a familiar name in the article 'Gardening Without a Sprinkler' by Anne Marie Chaker (WSJ, August 18, 2010). The article is about a growing trend of converting lawns to xeriscapes. Several gardens are featured in the article. Their owners use xeric principles such as using native plants, grouping plants with similar watering needs, using mulches, etc. Some gardeners got the ideas from their trips to Tuscany and southern France. Eliminating mowing, fertilizing, weed-control applications, excessive watering, and saving money are the main pluses of "dry gardens". The article also touches upon the issue of the xeric approach contradicting the landscaping standards of some homeowner associations.
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Congratulations, Gloria, on your garden being pictured in one of the most prominent national newspapers! I was excited to see your name!
Gloria's blog, Dakota Garden, is here: http://www.dakotagarden.com/
I just came back from Phoenix, Arizona where we celebrated the 90th Birthday of my dear mother-in-law, Mary. The temperatures were 107-111 F (38-40 C), but it didn't stop me from walking around and admiring some of the wonderful desert plants and extraordinary landscapes.
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Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

25 comments:

  1. 90? That's impressive. Gorgeous pics, reminds me of Noelle's site.

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  2. Hi Tatyana, Congrats to Gloria and to you on those great photos. It's been a year to think xeric, even in Connecticut where it's been hotter and drier than normal...

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  3. What awesome photos. Love the last one with the pretty pink flower. That would be such a neat place to visit. Thanks for sharing your trip.

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  4. Great photos.

    There is a lot to be said for getting rid of Lawns. We have got rid of about 7/8ths of ours just keep one space to sit on if family visit.

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  5. Tatyana - Thank you so much for the write up!!! I was contacted by Anne-Marie Chaker of the Wall Street Journal, but had no idea when the article would come out! So, I was so pleased to see your comment and also the email from Anne-Marie - Gloria

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  6. Thanks for the tip about Gloria. Now we can say we knew her before she was famous;)

    As for walking in that heat, what's the grand old saying about mad dogs and Englishmen? I'd melt like a pat of butter.

    Christine in Alaska

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  7. Dar Tatyana, What an amazing milestone birthday for your mother-in-law. And, as you say, what an extraordinary landscape is to be found in Arizona. Welcome back!

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  8. Oh, I had no idea Gloria's garden was featured in the WSJ...well spotted!

    The more I see the Arizona landscapes, the more I love them. Who says there's not beauty in the desert? Great photos!

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  9. Love your gorgeous pictures. Carla

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  10. How wonderful for your friend! And I LOVE your desert photos! Gorgeous!

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  11. Wow, love those cactuses, and the ones blooming... just gorgeous against that lively sky.

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  12. Gorgeous photos! It was only 104 the day I went exploring Phoenix's Desert Botanical Garden last September. I almost had a heats stroke and drank about a gallon of water, but it was worth it!

    Thanks for telling us about Gloria - congratulations to her!

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  13. Thanks for the info about Gloria and these beautiful views. The reflection shot for me is the most awesome. BTW, those temperature ranges if you are in the humid tropics will be very very terrible. Last year only the 36C will give you headache in 3 min. Thanks for the marvelous photos.

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  14. Hi Tatyana, Beautiful post. Only a true gardener could venture out in such extreme elements to get a glimpse of the beauty.

    Thank you for the heads up with Gloria. She is a dear, isn't she?

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  15. Beautiful landscapes, natural and otherwise. They may as well be another world from what I know.

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  16. Great pictures of Arizona. I am becoming more xeric and thinking of ordering some hardy cactus this year. Thanks for letting us know about Gloria's article.

    Eileen

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  17. Congratulations to Gloria! Your desert photos are beautiful--isn't this such a lovely place, but so different from gardens we're used to? My daughter now lives in Scottsdale, so I've visited AZ several times and love visiting the Desert Botanical Garden. But I've never seen the desert in the summertime--I'm a wimp about heat:)

    Love all your creative pots in the last post!

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  18. Thank you everyone for your time and kind words! Gloria's garden is great, and we are proud to see it pictured in the WSJ! As for my own garden, it suffered badly while we were in Arizona. I am trying to figure out why I lost a new Japanese maple and my beautiful old Italian cypress. I think I know why, and I feel bad, it was my fault... I am going to visit all your beautiful blogs before school starts. Happy gardening to you, my friends!

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  19. Beautiful pictures Tatyana. As always they look like photos from a magazine or one of those big coffee table books!

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  20. With all that beauty I could walk around too Tatyana. Happy belated Birthday to your Mary Mother-in-law. Gorgeous landscape photography. Yeah! for Gloria too!

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  21. You were in my state! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. :)

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  22. Your life is rich and photos glorious. Thanks for sharing, Tatyana.

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  23. Wow- 90 is nothing to sneeze at! Cheers

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  24. Thank you for sharing these beautiful dry gardens and their magical landscapes!

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  25. It sounds like you had a good time in Arizona. You sure got some great photos! My favorite is the one with the reflection of the plants and sky in the water.

    I just met Gloria last week. That is, I just discovered her blog. How cool she got in the paper. I received an email from a local newspaper reporter, saying she liked my blog, and asked if she could interview me for an article in the future. She said she was working on an article about plants that attract hummingbirds, and wondered if I ever saw them.

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