mid-atlantic gardening

Making August Exciting

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 “I’ve got a column for you,” said my well-dressed host as we toured his garden not so long ago. I gave him my full attention – Calliope isn’t consistently cooperative each week and one must seize upon inspiration whenever it is offered. “How,” he said, inserting a dramatic pause, “can we make August exciting?”   [...]

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 [...]