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The Shade Garden & The Snake

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by Sharon Brown on July 1, 2017

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During most winters my grandmother visited her two daughters in cities far from the mountains where I was growing up. As soon as spring arrived, she came home again to garden.

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I grew up loving wildflowers. During the 40s and 50s there weren’t many other flowers available in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. I also grew up loving color and I was particularly attracted to red. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered very few red wildflowers growing in my mountains.

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Everywhere A Mint Mint

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by Sharon Brown on May 1, 2017

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Everywhere a mint mint! With apologies to Old MacDonald, let’s dig a little deeper into the invasive tactics of a delightful herb named mentha.
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The Gooseberries Are Growing

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by Sharon Brown on April 1, 2017

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It happened every Spring as I walked up the dusty one-lane road past Aunt Bett’s house. She’d yell out the back door:

The gooseberries are growing! Hurry! I see the robins!

And I’d take off in a run, straight up the mountain to the gooseberry patch.
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The Fringe Tree

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by Sharon Brown on March 1, 2017

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A snipe hunt is a form of wild-goose chase, a practical joke that people like to tease unsuspecting newcomers with. It is the practice of making fun by giving them an impossible or imaginary task. It happened to me like this.

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Root Cellars & Bright City Lights

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by Sharon Brown on February 1, 2017

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I was scared to death of Gramma Ell’s root cellar. I swear it felt like darkness pushed down on me as soon as I entered and the scent of it crept into my nose and filled my ears with worms and dirt. I would stand at the door, one toe and one hand reaching carefully into the darkness while the other foot planted itself firmly on the last inch of daylight and the other hand glued itself to the door frame. The hand that was reaching into the darkness was searching for the cord to turn on the single low watt bulb, the only light source. The searching toe was making sure there was still a floor to stand on beneath all that dark.
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All About Sassafras

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by Sharon Brown on January 1, 2017

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Do you like gumbo? How about hot tea? There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than hot soups and hot drinks. How does sassafras enter into the picture? Climb up the mountain with Aunt Bett and me and we’ll tell you.
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Little Thanksgivings

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by Sharon Brown on November 1, 2016

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Lilies And -Laddin-s Lamp

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by Sharon Brown on October 1, 2016

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They are the ancestors of all the lovely hybrids that we enjoy in our gardens today, those wild lilies that grow freely in different parts of the world. They have different faces, different names in other places, but I was the lucky one. The beautiful Turk’s Cap Lily grew wild and wonderful in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Southeast Kentucky where I grew up.

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