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Garden state of mind

Taking over someone else’s cottage project can be daunting, especially when it’s a growing concern

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Every vista in the online listing was beautiful—even the septic mound had wildflower gardens on top of it. One of the largest beds was for vegetables; another small one was home to a variety of herbs. Wild mint and oregano grew everywhere. The lovingly tended borders were a classic English mixture of perennials: peonies, shasta daisies, forget-me-nots, lavender, yarrow, lilies, lady’s mantle, coneflower, and climbing and shrub roses. Large, formal cedar hedges surrounded and punctuated the property; arbours covered in trumpet vine, climbing roses, and clematis graced the borders. The garden was to die for.

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