Summer

Ordered Chaos: The Case for a Potting Station

By |May 6th, 2016|

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 Everyone Is Watching: Garden Design for Non-Designers

By |November 19th, 2015|

Designing a garden is a humbling experience, period. But when your design is instantly on display because you are planting an entrance or a driveway, it’s a worrying experience. And, if you know that someday in the near future, gardeners will visit, scan your efforts and possibly pronounce them lacking, the process is just plain […]

Urban Chickens: The bigger picture

By |August 18th, 2015|

Well, the chickens have won. Not of course the literal chickens, exiled as pets by virtue of prejudice and ignorance, but the figurative chickens – our local leaders who would rather stand obstinately on a disintegrating platform than take time to reach compromise on an issue that has obviously engaged the electorate.

Ty Unglebower in his […]

HOA Madness – or – Just Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

By |August 6th, 2015|

Now I have definitely heard everything. Whilst chatting with a friend the other night over landscaping and other related topics that make others at the table suddenly realize they need to get up and refill their glasses, I was told that a local subdivision homeowners’ association board will very soon be presenting a proposal to […]

The Necessity of Underwear

By |July 16th, 2015|

The tricky business of staking is on the agenda chez Willburn; but with the heat, humidity and resulting malaise affecting all forms of life whether flora or fauna, it is difficult to do more than wave a hose out there and call it good. These are the times that try men’s souls (and this particular […]

Farm-to-Fork Frederick is here!

By |July 2nd, 2015|

(FREDERICK, Md., June 10, 2015) —The 2015 Farm-to-Fork Frederick program, a concentrated 11-day “eat local” culinary initiative that brings together independently-owned restaurants with family-owned farms and wineries from in and around Frederick County, Md., promises yet another exciting program. Restaurants from two new county jurisdictions – Emmitsburg’s Carriage House Inn and New Market’s Vintage – […]

Garden writers share top tips for summertime gardening!

By |June 16th, 2015|

Sunday marks the first day of summer, and a reality check for the garden and gardeners. If you’re having trouble motivating yourself, check out this UK landscaping site, Mainland Aggregates, where I and others give our number one bit of advice for summertime gardening. And yes, there’s a gin and tonic involved.

A Garden Today, But What of Tomorrow?

By |August 14th, 2014|

And on the pedestal, these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
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It is the time of year when, exhausted by my garden, I am reminded of Shelly’s Ozymandias, and […]

Cluck Cluck

By |July 14th, 2014|

The topic of backyard chickens has reared its feathered head again, causing a spate of ruffled feathers and poor puns throughout local newspapers. It has been over five years since we fought and lost this particular battle in Brunswick.

Situated as I am now, comfortably out of city limits and ever more comfortably outside the auspices […]

Consider The Lilies

By |August 7th, 2013|

I am having to content myself with other people’s gardens right now – having moved house directly in the middle of the growing season.  When gardening friends feign horror at the leaving of a burgeoning garden in mid-May, I must gently remind them that interest rates wait for no man…nor for that matter, woman.  (Especially […]