Digging Deeply

Dismiss British Garden Writers? Absurd.

By | 2019-07-19T13:17:03+00:00 July 19th, 2019|

This week I want to sincerely thank Scott Beuerlein, friend and columnist at Horticulture magazine, whose irreverent column about British garden writers got me out of my funk and racing for the laptop to write a rebuttal for Garden Rant.  Do you keep to regional garden advice or do you like to dip into voices [...]

The Tricky First Steps of Grief: What You Do When You Can’t

By | 2019-07-11T16:53:13+00:00 July 12th, 2019|

I have been away from my desk for several months. Certainly there has been no absence of delight in the long, cool spring that is only now beginning to turn into stifling summer; nor is it for want of topics – as the garden throws them at me faster than I can catch them.  Some [...]

Electric Scooters: Efficient Transport. Ridiculous Fun.

By | 2019-02-10T15:36:00+00:00 February 10th, 2019|

Three weeks ago while attending the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore and walking the streets of that city in between meetings and meet-ups, I noticed that teenagers were being careless and leaving electric scooters on sidewalks for responsible pedestrians like myself to trip over. After my fifth encounter, I peered a little closer [...]

Experimentation as Energy: Lessons from Great Dixter

By | 2018-11-30T18:20:20+00:00 November 30th, 2018|

Just before leaving for Great Britain three months ago, I threw an overnight case in the back of a friend’s overworked Prius and headed down to Raleigh to attend a lecture being given by Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, and the Chief Executive of its charitable trust. Many gardeners, especially those who read [...]

Decorating The Thanksgiving Table with Natural Materials

By | 2018-11-23T15:38:48+00:00 November 21st, 2018|

It’s Thanksgiving morning.  What have you forgotten? You’ve thrown the turkey in the oven, the stuffing is made and on its way to being glorious, and your sister is bringing the rolls and jello. In a few minutes the game and/or parade will start blaring from the living room and you can start to relax. [...]

Right Plant, Right Place – The Wisdom of Beth Chatto

By | 2018-11-16T20:01:10+00:00 November 16th, 2018|

“We lost too many plants in our impatience to possess them, because we had not achieved the proper growing conditions.” - Beth Chatto, The Beth Chatto Handbook _______________________________ If ever a sentence deserves a garden writers' gold medal for excellence and simplicity, it is this one, written decades ago by gardener and garden designer, the [...]

Tired of Predictions? There’s a Better Way.

By | 2018-11-15T13:46:51+00:00 November 15th, 2018|

Gird your loins with a bit of Under Armour and tuck in a Hot Hands pack. The forecasters have consulted the Oracle and it looks like those of us in the Mid-Atlantic may be in for a cold, snowy winter. Or not.     It’s tough to fault them for throwing something out there, no [...]

Houseplant Madness

By | 2018-11-07T16:34:51+00:00 November 7th, 2018|

In a corner of my office under a table sporting a large philodendron and other miscellaneous greenery, there sits a large, gifted stack of ‘70’s era Horticulture magazines waiting quietly for a rainy day and the resident gardener who finds enjoyment in such things. That metaphorical day arrived last week – for the literal one [...]