PPA names Asclepias tuberosa 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

2018-02-20T20:41:01+00:00 By |

Though I annually make fun of the design and fashion addicts that sit in rapt attention waiting for Pantone to release their “Color of the Year” (this year’s Greenery might signal a temporary cease-fire to that snark-war), I’m always curious as to the winner of the Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial Plant of the Year.   Most [...]

Making a Lot Out of a Little, Holiday Style.

2018-02-20T20:41:01+00:00 By |

At this time of year there is much advice floating about to “use natural materials” to create amazing holiday decorations cheaply. Indeed I’ve floated much of it myself. When it comes to making holiday gifts and decorations, 'rustic' is the name of the game these days. However it did occur to me this [...]

Ordered Chaos: The Case for a Potting Station

2018-02-20T20:41:06+00:00 By |

In every home there is a place where unfolded laundry is thrown and a week’s worth of junk is shoved when guests rap upon the door unexpectedly. For some lucky souls it may be a spare room. For others it might be a more traditional space like a basement, garage, attic, or even a cupboard [...]

When you make your own yogurt but don’t milk your own goats: Finding your place in an age of homesteading fanaticism

2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00 By |

It’s a running joke amongst our friends that our place is the safe house for any type of future apocalyptic scenario. I’d like to believe that they just want to get together, laugh, drink wine, and discuss the mysticism of Yeats before the zombies descend, but in reality, there’s something about owning your own wheat [...]

‘Easy’ Is a Matter of Perspective

2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00 By |

With millions of innovative gardeners on this planet, differences of opinion and horticultural hair-pulling sessions are bound to erupt. Most of us look forward to a little good-natured thrust and parry – particularly in February when we’re all getting tired of endless conversations about how this winter stacks up to the last. Well this [...]