Fall

No Mowing Required

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A blue-bottle tree echoes the fall plumes of a neighboring miscanthus Sometimes it's good to get your head out of your own garden and see if there is anything greener on the other side of the fence.  If you do so at this time of year, you will no doubt start [...]

Gardening by Habit

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With the exception of three lovely evenings at yoga, it has been six months since I charged up my mp3 and headed off to the gym for an hour's endorphin rush. Sure I've kept active in the garden, and the warm weather inspires a few more walks with attached dogs than does bitter [...]

A Trio for All Seasons

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Listen/Download Article When you have a small garden and you are trying to make it sparkle for more than the oh-so-brief month of May, it is necessary to blend a thoughtful assortment of annual, biennial and perennial plants that can pull double and even triple shifts with flowers and/or foliage well into November.  [...]

Death of a Conversation

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Listen/Download Article A week ago I was leisurely wandering with a friend through his garden when I spied the familiar burnt orange of leaf blotch discoloring what could only be a large horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) near his drive. I was surprised to see the tree in such a dry, rural Californian setting and [...]

Loose Ends to Be Tied

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Listen/Download Article Things are moving quickly in the garden once again.  However it is not new growth of which I speak, nor the rustle of birds frantically throwing together nests in the spirea.  We have reaped that particular whirlwind and now stand on the other side of our garden season – watching the rapid decay [...]

Magical Mushrooms

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Listen/Download Article Most of us have been instructed from an early age to keep our hands and our mouths away from fruiting fungi. We may be happy to nibble on a bit of wild sorrel, or taste the pungent acidity of a dandelion, but the minute we are faced with a large, beautiful [...]

One Last Hurrah

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Listen/Download Article It’s difficult to inspire plants to perform. As a rule, they don’t respond well to sweet nothings, obnoxious shouting is ignored, and begging is right out. At the end of the day it comes down to an adequate supply of water and nutrients, lack of disease and pests….oh and one other trifling detail [...]

Take A Walk With Me

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Listen/Download Article It is true, as the late Christopher Lloyd once said, that there shouldn’t be too many vested interests in a garden. Invariably, tastes cross, words are exchanged and dirt is thrown. I have rarely seen a couple equally driving the feel and scope of a garden – one gardener always has his or [...]

A Kaleidoscope of Coleus

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Listen/Download Article It is not an exaggeration to say that the amateur gardener, if not marveling over vegetable beds, is most often focused on the size, shape, color and duration of flowers. Unless you’ve had a flashy designer come in and introduce you to the wonderful world of foliage over a particularly painful check-writing session, [...]

A Day at The Fair

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When I was a little girl, the Fair was an event to be savored.  It seemed as if there were a hundred buildings to traverse, a million exhibits to peruse and a thousand rides to enjoy – and hardly enough time to do any of it and still wangle a stick of cotton [...]