Summer

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 Loudoun is underway! July 23rd through August 2nd!

By |July 2nd, 2015|

A dynamic partnership between county farmers and chefs, Farm-To-Fork Loudoun (and later next month, Farm-To-Fork Frederick) showcases the beauty of local, seasonal ingredients and local culinary talent for 11 days this summer.  If you eat out just once this season, save it for one of the 24 restaurants which will have a special menu from […]

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 […]

The Natives Are Getting Restless…

By |August 2nd, 2013|

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 right […]

A Gardener Grew Here

By |June 28th, 2013|

Taking a Chance

By |September 15th, 2012|

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 are […]

Seeing the Still Lifes in Your Life

By |September 7th, 2012|

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 always […]