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Consider The Lilies

Courtesy of Dan Weil Photography

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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 [...]

The Natives Are Getting Restless

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It is always challenging at this time of year to act as head cheerleader for the garden. I am not immune to triple-digit heat indexes any more than the next guy, so how do I have the effrontery to wave my pom-poms and say “get out there”?

Well, first of all, I’m not waving anything [...]

A Gardener Grew Here

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I am standing in the middle of my garden this morning, clippers in hand, trowel lodged haphazardly in back pocket, eyes hazy and unfocused.  I know there is much that should be done. Yet here I stand, staring at pots, at chairs, at the miniscule buds on a hydrangea.  My heart is heavy and [...]

Taking a Chance

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Most of the risks I take in the garden are financially motivated and involve the shade garden on the north side of my house.  If a true plantsman or woman comes to lunch with notebook in hand, I save that bit of the kingdom for the last part of the tour.  For when appetites [...]

Seeing the Still Lifes in Your Life

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Everywhere you look these days you’re confronted by images of others who appear to be gardening, cooking, exercising, traveling, or just plain living, better than you are.  If the copious postings of your “closest friends” on social media sites weren’t enough to convince you of your total inadequacy as a human being, you can [...]

August, Die She Must

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September nears.  We are either excited to begin the fall season and forget about summer failings, or we are starting to plan for next year, when the weather will be perfect, and a kinder, gentler insect nation will live in harmony with our pole beans and pelargoniums.

I have let much go over the season, [...]