York Bowen

Edwin York Bowen was born  February 22, 1884   in Crouch Hill , London  and died  November 23, 1961 after several decades  as a talented musician and composing over 160 musical works many of which remained unpublished and unperformed until after his death.  His music falls in the category of Romantic with rich harmonic language. He …

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Franz Berwald – the founder of Romanticism in Swedish Music

Franz Berwald was one of those wonderful composers  who could almost never get his music to become appreciated during his lifetime.  He was born in Stockholm  Sweden on July 23, 1795  and he died in Stockholm Sweden on April 3, 1868.  He was the first Swedish composer of the Romantic symphony. While he was slightly …

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Cherries

Cherries One of the first thing I planted around my house when I moved here was cherry bushes.  They’ve had some very nice cherries every year.    The most recent one  I planted was the CHERRY DWARF CARMINE JEWEL. I also have planted a few HANSEN BUSH CHERRIES. The Cherries every year  are wonderful.   First …

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Asian Pear Trees

Asian Pear Trees Pyrus pyrifolia, or Asian pears, are a large group of pears that have a crisp texture when fully ripened, unlike European pears that must be softened prior to eating.  The Asian pear trees include the Chojuro , Hosui, Olympic Giant, Shinko,  Large Korean, and several others and they are referred to frequently …

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Parsnips

Parsnips are one of my favorite vegetables and I always like to grow some in my garden. They were popular with the Romans and Greeks  and when the pilgrims started coming to America some of the first ones brought over parsnip seeds and they have been growing here ever since. When planting them it is …

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Celtuce

Celtuce Celtuce is a type of lettuce that is appreciated for its tasty stems. It is supposed to have originated in Europe and then around the Tang dynasty between 600-900 AD it was brought from the Mediterranean to China.   Since then it has become very popular in both mainland China and in Taiwan. I’m growing …

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Adzuki Beans

Adzuki Beans Beans are a wonderful thing to grow in the garden.  Yes and pole beans were one of the ‘three sisters’ that the native american Indians used to always grow together.  Corn, Beans and  winter squash.  While pole beans are great to grow , and I grow them, dry beans are wonderful in the …

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Golden Beets

Golden Beets Golden beets are my favorite but they’re pretty similar to red beets.    They aren’t quite as common as the red beets in the market and can be a little harder to find.   Sometimes  they are called orange beets for they look very similar in color to carrots.  But they have more …

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