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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was posed an interesting question recently. Said my examiner, “If you had to pick one purchase you have made that cost a good deal of money, but constantly contributed to the joy and fullness of your life what would it be?”
I had to think for a minute or two. I am teased for […]
It’s official. It’s February and the garden is dead. Not a respectable flower head to be seen, not a chewing, rasping, sucking insect to be sprayed. It’s over. Finito. The ground has started to heave, the gate has started to stick and even the hard core gardeners such as myself have retreated against the […]