This Month’s Garden

January’s Garden

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"Then came old January wrappéd well In many weeds to keep the cold away. Yet did he quake and quiver like to quell And Blewe his nayles to warm them if he may; - Edmund Spenser - From "Faerie Queen"   _______________ For these days of January...and perhaps for a further few in February, let's [...]

February’s Garden

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"Why, what's the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?"   -William Shakespeare -(Don Pedro to Benedick) -Much Ado About Nothing   _______________  What can be said about February?  Some consider this month deep winter, others feel they've got the worst behind them and it's just [...]

March’s Garden

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Even though we know better in the Mid-Atlantic, expectations of spring are high in March. The weather of today will not necessarily be the weather of tomorrow; but whether we’re dealing with a blissful weekend warm-up, or our largest snowfall of the season, we know one thing for certain – days are getting longer and [...]

April’s Garden

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The signs of spring right now are real, but can feel like an illusion when the wind is gusting.  But, assuming that the earth has not fundamentally changed its course, we should standing now at the beginning of something wonderful. April is traditionally the month when non-gardeners start thinking about the garden.  Tomatoes go in [...]

May’s Garden

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May has symbolized rebirth and a definitive end to winter throughout the centuries. For many gardeners, this is the month that their garden is at its best – and ironically, the month that they will be visiting other gardens for inspiration. The challenge is to move beyond May in the garden and face the other [...]

June’s Garden

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As I type this, we are being gifted with a perfect June day. Low humidity, cool breeze, warm temperatures...all of the things over which we fantasize in January. I am being gifted however with a head cold, and must enjoy the weather through my bedroom window. Lucky for me and for other gardeners, it looks [...]

July’s Garden

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A shift is happening in the garden with the onset of July. The exuberance of spring is over, and gardeners are left looking at the remains of a pretty good party. Whether your garden looks hungover or not depends on the planting you did in the spring. Let's hope it included some flowering heat survivors [...]

August’s Garden

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August is deep summer.  Fireflies are at their peak, and I find myself wishing it were evening so I could watch them from the deck with a glass of wine, instead of gardening under a punishing sun.  My water barrels run dry a little more frequently this month - and so does my patience - [...]

September’s Garden

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The best of both worlds is present in the garden during the month of September. There is the last of the summer harvest to be gathered, but with the reddening of dogwoods, and the cooler evenings, we will find it difficult to mutter too loudly under our breaths as we gather it. Now we can [...]

October’s Garden

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Gardeners or not, human beings scuttle around during the month of October crossing their 't's and dotting their 'i's before winter. Thankfully we've got an extraordinary backdrop to reflect upon in between jobs. Wood must be stacked or fuel tanks filled. The outside spigots must be turned off, and many a home owner starts to [...]