Summer

My Romance with Becky

By |June 24th, 2016|

Given sufficient provenance, the memory of a plant can hold a place in our affections just as the memory of an old love affair. In fact, such floral memories are perhaps sweeter, for they do not carry the attached nonsense of end-of-the-line supernovas or unresolved conversations – the bitter that always taints the sweet.  They […]

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 […]