The Spousal Problem

By |May 21st, 2015|

My husband is frequently annoyed with me that I rarely indulge the ‘dreamer’ who lives deep inside of this pragmatic, 40-something frame. It’s one thing to remain practical over cars, electric bills and clothing budgets, he muses. But to apply such dull and dusty thinking to a garden is a crime against creative genius – […]

Deck That Deck!

By |April 26th, 2015|

The spring reclamation of patios and decks has begun across the Mid-Atlantic and New England. And, unlike our brother gardeners in sunnier climes, this will involve something more extensive than changing the cushions to reflect a seasonal change from warm to warmer.

Our outside rooms – be they patio, deck, balcony or front porch stoop – […]

Fickle April

By |April 5th, 2015|

The crocus and winter aconite have finally appeared, only to find me standing over them, tapping my watch. Everything is a little late this year, but I will take that as an omen for a long spring and a kind summer – just as kind and full of mercy as last year’s. Although I know […]

The Merry Month of Mud Time

By |March 22nd, 2015|

Whether Robert Frost originally coined the term or not I do not know, but ‘mud time’ must be the simplest and most accurate expression to describe the period from the last snow melt to the first tulip blush. It has arrived, and each day is a new adventure in negotiating paths, roads, chicken coops and […]

Find me in the NEW Spring issue of GreenPrints Magazine!

By |March 9th, 2015|

It’s a privilege to be a contributor during GreenPrints’ 25th year of publication, and I encourage you to subscribe to this very worthy magazine described by editor Pat Stone as “the most unusual, humorous, moving, entertaining, inspiring, simply special garden magazine in the country!” My article in this issue, “My Tulip Turnaround” is a story […]

Garden Where You Are, Not Where You’re Not

By |January 8th, 2015|

There are problem areas in a garden and then there are problem gardens, period. Poor drainage, terrible views, a neighbor with a security light fixation, barking dogs, chain-link fences, no fences, steep hills, deep gullies, dry shade, rocky soil, that neighbor with the security light fixation (worth mentioning twice) and a hundred other issues that […]

Sifting Through the Bytes

By |April 10th, 2014|

Thanks to the internet, if you are a beginner gardener you can ask everything from “What is a seed?” to “What does soil do?” and rest easy in the knowledge that the only people aware of your ignorance are yourself and the CIA.

Perhaps you don’t know an annual from a perennial, a corm from a […]

Winter’s Salvation

By |March 31st, 2014|

Never has a topic been so thoroughly explored and exhausted as that of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug infestation that has plagued the East Coast for several years. I use the word ‘exhausted’ very deliberately. One grows bone-weary of reading articles filled with half-truths and empty promises regarding physical or chemical control; and after one […]

Wanted Seed or Wicked Weed

By |May 3rd, 2013|

At any given time in the garden, seeds are germinating at an alarming rate, but how to choose between those you want and those you despise? Experience informs much of the decision making process when one is down on one’s knees, trowel in hand – but it would be fibbing to maintain that experienced gardeners […]

Time to Face The Shade

By |April 19th, 2013|

Temperatures have soared, and with them, my enthusiasm. I may be in the garden a bit more frequently than your average dirt-hound, but that doesn’t make me a glutton for punishment. I welcome warmer temperatures, which spark creative thought and motivate me to work on things I haven’t wished to contemplate for several months.

First on […]