Just Wait Until Next Year

By |September 4th, 2015|

By the beginning of September, many gardeners are thinking about next year’s garden. Whatever failures have been experienced this year – whatever insults have been suffered – all are erased by a killing frost and the ability to start again.

I am just as guilty of the sweet pleasures of delusional thinking, but there is another […]

Eating Cheaply. Eating Well.

By |November 22nd, 2014|

Recently, I was fortunate to participate in a panel discussion about eating well on a tight budget. Though I love good, wholesome food and beautiful things, I am, and have always been, a self-proclaimed cheapskate. Compliment me on my brushed camel coat and a demure smile is the last thing to settle upon my lips. […]

Fall Foliage Fun

By |November 8th, 2014|

The maples and oaks began to blush red in the woodlands last week, following hot on the heels of the tulip poplars and hickory that populate our hillsides and dominate the color scheme with rust and gold. With this final act, the end of the fall foliage season is upon us and winter looms; but […]

The Most Dangerous Game? Hardly.

By |October 12th, 2014|

My mind is not on my work at this time of year. Though conscience dictates that I should be digging holes for the last of the leaf-spattered pots to go in the ground, I am taking every opportunity instead to play hooky. Mother Nature has laid for us the cleverest of treasure hunts and fired […]

Call Plant Protective Services

By |October 6th, 2014|

Plants suffer at the hands of well-meaning gardeners every day, but no plant suffers greater than a plant which a gardener knows will accept harsh treatment and survive.

These are the plants determined to cling on to life long after most would have given up the fight and limped the long green mile to the compost […]

Death of a Conversation

By |November 28th, 2013|

I was asked by a friend if I would republish this column for Thanksgiving day as a gentle reminder of what we give up when we turn on our phones around the dinner table.  There are moments in life when we are stimulated by conversation, and other moments not so much; but by turning our […]

To Love, Honor and Obliterate

By |November 9th, 2013|

A marriage is often tested to its extreme limits by the sad fact that those things precious to one person are not always precious to the other. In the early years of my marriage I boxed up my husband’s life (pre-me) with the ruthlessness and efficiency of a paid-by-the-hour home organizer. I particularly remember a […]

No No November

By |November 27th, 2012|

The tender plants are in, the beds are mulched and the leaves have fallen. November is never an exciting month in the gardening calendar, filled as it is with so many to-dos and so few ta-das. I find my enthusiasm lessened somewhat by the cold, and the dreariness of a grey sky, yet coming indoors […]

Delicious Autumn

By |November 10th, 2012|

Once again, I am hearing myself say the words, “I don’t ever think I’ve seen a fall so beautiful.” It is not true of course – I have said this too many times during our years on the East Coast to be right this year. And yet I feel justified once again in defending this […]

No Mowing Required

By |October 20th, 2012|

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 to notice the not-so-humble tussocks of ornamental grasses that are flowering at their peak and […]