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Editing.

ed.it

tr.v. ed·it·ed, ed·it·ing, ed·its

To modify or adapt so as to make suitable or acceptable.

For me, a part of the holidays is staying home and spending that much needed down time. I make a big pot of English tea in my Grandma’s old teapot, grab a few design magazines (LUXE, Victoria, Where Women Create) and relax on the couch with my favorite linen blanket I brought back from my last trip to Spain. Once in a while, one of the dogs will sneak up on the couch and lean against me… too warm for me to resist. I give myself a bit of time to clear my head but also space to think about my home and garden and what needs change.

Then – I start editing.

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This weekend I started first with my books. Going through which I’d give to the neighbors and ones to donate – although, truth be told, it wasn’t many. (I’m a known book hoarder from way back.) I dusted each one with a micro-fiber cloth and then stacked, sorted and made decorative piles on my black lacquer shelves, the staircase and on the coffee table. I like to line up the spines in a way I can easily glance over and read the titles when I walk in the room. It’s pretty OCD, but I love noticing the gilded pages of a Sherlock Holmes book I have on the coffee table. It looks nice and reminds me to take a few minutes and get lost in the fanciful stories.

After I purged the house of many useless t h i n g s, Matt and I drove south to Pescadero and dropped by a few beaches. Pomponio always has an abundance of gorgeous driftwood (you can take up to 80 lbs. a day for free!) and we wanted to hunt for pieces for an arbor project we are working on. We also visited San Gregorio State Beach and collected some lovely sea glass and wave-tumbled pebbles.

That’s the thing about editing; once you have taken away – you get to replace and add new!

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Editing in the garden is basically the same. Grab your favorite mug of hot tea and a scarf so you can spend some real time observing. Make sure to go slow and take your time of it.

What is thriving in your garden?

What have you tried, but doesn’t look right anymore?

What can be moved, cleaned or upgraded?

Then there is the regular Winter garden chores. Hard-pruning is my favorite thing to do in the garden. Really. I like Winter pruning more than planting flowers or picking roses. The harvest is nice – but purging has it’s place and without it, the harvest isn’t as sweet. Cut your hydrangeas down to your waist, your grasses (pennesetum, miscanthus, etc.) to your ankles, and your brugmansia to the top of your head. Before long, you’ll have a tidy Winter garden.

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