• Stargazer Hydrangea, A Stargazer Hydrangea to Gaze at, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/20/stargazer-hydrangea/ #gardening #plants #shrubs #hydrangeas #stargazer #garden
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    A Stargazer Hydrangea to Gaze at

    This Sunday was sunny and warm, the kind of Sunday where you just want to set up a lounge chair and read a book. Instead, I worked in the garden. I weeded for a while and then transplanted my Stargazer hydrangea, a lovely pink shrub with pointed flowers.

  • Magenta Hibiscus in Hawaii, 7 Heavenly Flowers That Will Enchant You in Hawaii, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/02/hawaii-flowers/, #Hawaii #flowers #plants #tropical #gardening #islandlife #BigIsland
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    7 Heavenly Flowers That Will Enchant You in Hawaii

    Hawaii is far away from just about everywhere on the U.S. mainland and crazy-expensive. Yet it’s enormously popular. Why? It’s the warm sunny weather, the lush landscapes, and the relaxing escape that comes with vacations. But most of all, for me, it’s the heavenly flowers. Interestingly enough, Hawaii had very few endemic plants before Polynesians settled the islands. They brought…

  • bee on flower, What You Can Do to Prevent Bee Collapse, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/03/24/bee/ #bees #beecollapse #wildflowers #gardening #plants #TheForgettingFlower
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    What You Can Do to Prevent Bee Collapse

    Years ago, I was trimming English lavender at a client’s house in Seattle. It was a sunny summer day, the kind of day for which I was thankful to work as a gardener. As the sun warmed my arms, I cut the fragrant stems with my pruners, shifting my kneepad a few inches at a time. The bees hovered and…

  • Flowers and keyboard, Karen Hugg, www.karenhugg.com #keyboard #computer #flowers #desk #writingspace
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    Overcoming the Guilt of Not Writing

    Sometimes, when I’m gardening, I feel the guilt of not writing. When I’m writing, I sometimes feel guilty about not gardening. And I don’t mean having fun in my yard, though I love to do that too. I mean gardening for work, for money, my day job. I own a tiny (as in me) gardening business where I either design a…

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    Writer in Motion, or Not

    Every day that I haven’t been working in a client’s garden, I’ve been revising my novel. I stay inside and sit, feeling my body spreading out in a weird, sedentary ooze. I have a Fitbit now and I feel the lack of motion, the lack of steps. What I lack in motion I make up for in neuropathy in my hands.…