Fall

The Food-Waste Disconnect

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A perfect storm of circumstance ended in a coffee-filled rant on Facebook on Friday, and while I stand by those words (many of which were capitalized, and none of which were sensitive), it is convenient to have the luxury of a newspaper column to formulate a more civilized, if no less provocative, response. The topic [...]

When It All Starts to Weigh a Little Heavy: Rest.

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The wind storms of late have added substantially to workloads out here.  I’d only just finished with the last of the planting when toppled pots forced me to dig two large holes yesterday to house now homeless dwarf arborvitae. I resented every minute of it – not least of all because there are two far [...]

Coming Around to Canna

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There are few persons more strident as those who have once loved a thing only to turn their backs upon it, unless of course it is those who have hated, and now love with equal fervor. In time, both groups will suffer the well-deserved jabs of those who knew them before their evangelization, but such [...]

A Beech for All Seasons

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Well, it’s happened. The leaves are more or less gone and it looks like winter out there.  A friend writes on social media “‘Tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart.” – though he might be referring to something else entirely. I myself am in a Midsummer Night’s Dream frame of mind, thinking more [...]

What’s Next? (Relax. I’m talking about the garden.)

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It’s a bit disconcerting to find ourselves here again, at the end of the season, facing winter and wondering where the months have gone. Photo credit: Kelly Fowler We're all dealing with it differently. Some of us will continue to grow lettuces in hoop houses hastily constructed over raised beds, while others will [...]

Optimal Growing Conditions? A few thoughts.

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A bit of research work has had me at my books lately, looking up optimal growing conditions for several plants and making notes for spring purchases. It has taken me years to successfully grow poppies, or rather, for seeds to find the right conditions in which to flourish. However, even at half-strength they have [...]

Fall Berry & Bulb Color

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It’s harvest season. Even those who don’t harvest anything more than a cereal box off a shelf know that autumn means decorative berries. But did you know it also can also mean the brightness of autumn-blooming bulbs?  Let’s finish this series on the fall garden (both online and off) with a few suggestions for both. [...]

Fall Foliage Color

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Continuing with the theme of possibilities for your autumn garden – I’d like to take your eyes off the flowers for a moment and focus them squarely on foliage – a forgotten area for too many gardeners, no matter what the season. Another stunning Chanticleer foliage combination. Not completely hardy, but completely gorgeous until [...]

Fall Bloom Color

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What’s working in your autumn garden right now?  If you’re shrugging and pointing to a top heavy mum that’s got more juice running through its veins than a Russian weightlifter, you’re on the wrong track.  I’m asking what’s working. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' at Chanticleer Garden Perhaps I should ask, what’s working in the [...]

Preparing for The End

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There is an end to every good party and thankfully, every bad one, but whichever one your garden has taken you to this year, it’s time to start hunting for your coat and keys. Rugosa alba hips redden on a brilliant yellow backdrop You might have exited early – wearied by the interminable [...]