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Milan Fashion Week has closed on a note of tranquility after four days of mostly menswear previews for next fall and winter. Milan stalwart Giorgio Armani and Indian newcomer Dhruv Kapoor created similar moods in their collections but with vastly different aesthetics. One presented a study in tailoring and muted hues on Monday, the other an explosion of color on silhouettes that mixed the oversized with the petite. Armani took his admirers inside Milan’s hidden courtyards to view his collection. Kapoor hopes to promote self-acceptance with a new collection in which he seeks to reconcile alter-egos as a way of healing.

Garden columnist Thomas Christopher's naturally based gardening understanding has been plant-centric and frankly reactionary, he writes. "To the extent it’s possible, I’ve tried to restore whatever vegetation once flourished on the local landscape, with the idea that this would invite the return of native wildlife. After talking to Kat Tancock and Domini Clark, however, I’m taking a more imaginative view."

“Waste not, want not!” This proverbial phrase has many connotations, including with respect to vegetable gardening. As a case in point, I have been picking peas since late June and have just about picked the last of this spring planted crop. Now what? Well, for one, there is now plenty of open space in the garden which I’d not like to see going to waste. Therefore, I want to use that space.