Local Fresh, Local Strong, Local Co-op

By |February 19th, 2015|

I have a clear memory of sitting at my kitchen table four years ago and reading a newspaper article about a small group that was forming to discuss a neighborhood grocery store three miles from my home in Brunswick, MD. My memory is probably so clear because something inside nagged at me to save the […]

Nature Wants It Back

By |February 6th, 2015|

Brush clearing has been the order of the day for the last few weeks, spurred on by the annual exchange of power tools at Christmas, and a desire for a bit of exercise that doesn’t involve a perky Zumba instructor with thighs like a nutcracker.

It is an exhilarating job once the blood has risen in […]

Garden Where You Are, Not Where You’re Not

By |January 15th, 2015|

There are problem areas in a garden and then there are problem gardens, period. Poor drainage, terrible views, a neighbor with a security light fixation, barking dogs, chain-link fences, no fences, steep hills, deep gullies, dry shade, rocky soil, that neighbor with the security light fixation (worth mentioning twice) and a hundred other issues that […]

Barn Coat: Zhivago-style

By |December 4th, 2014|

There is nothing attractive about a woman who has utilized every piece of warm clothing in her closet to keep Jack Frost as far as possible from a square inch of bare flesh. Hipster jeans and loose weave sweaters that epitomized the au courant styles of autumn have now been roughly tossed aside in favor […]

Friendly Freeloaders

By |March 1st, 2014|

A barn cat is a feral thing. A spitting, skittish ball of fur, happy to lay in the sun but happier when you resist the urge to bend down and pet it. Or at least that’s what I imagined. Someone forgot to school our new barn cats in the quiet dignity and outright condescension of […]

Deer: It’s What’s For Dinner

By |January 31st, 2014|

In Montgomery County, Maryland, it is now estimated that the deer population is hovering near 100 head per acre.  It’s enough to make decent gardeners tear up their landscaping in despair and put down gravel and plastic flowers.

Not that it will work.  A friend of mine in Germantown moved his deciduous hollies to the fenced […]

Christmas [Rose] Frenzy

By |December 20th, 2013|

Three seasons in a garden and we all need a rest, but no sooner had I written the words, “It is finished” in a recent article than I was sent an e-mail from an (adjectives fail me) gardener friend letting me know that hellebores were surprisingly present and at deep discount at a local upscale […]

Stealing a Little Spring

By |January 24th, 2013|

I’d have a difficult time taking care of my garden if I didn’t get out there during the winter months.

For the most part, the garden is in a state of suspended animation. There are exceptions of course, but whether they’re growing, blooming or trying to set up new headquarters for neighborhood domination, they move slowly […]

Let Us Go Then, You and I

By |January 8th, 2013|

There is much to be enjoyed right now in the gardening year.  Most of it involves my fireplace and an early Pamela Harper volume, but when I finish my coffee in the mornings and glance outside, I am reminded that it’s time to get my boots on and see what’s sparkling.

Heading the list is a […]

Lighten Up – I’m Trying To Enjoy Myself

By |March 2nd, 2012|

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What is the gardener to make of this winter? Shall we rejoice in sweet bursts of sunshine, indulge in temperatures to rival the winter climes of tourist-clogged states? Or shall we crease our foreheads with educated frowns – certain of the impending doom a mild winter will have on flora and fauna conditioned to […]