Fall

Nursery Spotlight: Music, Inspiration and Retail Therapy at Surreybrooke

By | 2018-06-22T13:19:23+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

Join me in this series as I visit some of Frederick County, Maryland’s finest independent garden centers to find out what makes them unique. Finding and buying plants that you love is often much more pleasurable than figuring out how to successfully incorporate them into your landscape once you get home.  We all struggle with [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether we’ll continue to grow them for seasons to come. Whether sexy new introductions or old favorites, plants excite each one of us for totally different reasons and what lights [...]

Maintenance vs. Stewardship: Turning a New Leaf

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

I’m not a fan of renaming something in order to change public perception. Language is powerful, minds are pliable and as any politician knows, we can quickly distance ourselves from the truth of the matter. However, every once and awhile a definition is beautifully expanded by rephrasing a term, and such is the case when [...]

Disconnecting to Connect: The Modern Challenge

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

“Is the world getting more complicated, or am I just getting older?” said my sister over the phone this week.  My junior by eight years, she is awash in toddler mayhem (her third Mission Impossible), which includes, but is not limited to, sketchy nap times, bottles of soap poured all over the floor and endless [...]

Plant Hoarding: When Too Much is Not Enough

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

A little shifting of the pot ghetto yesterday revealed one too many plants happily rooted in the soil beyond their pots. It is good soil certainly, and I do not blame them, but the discovery is an inconvenient one.  I have been quite content to believe that a healthy three foot dawn redwood was satisfied [...]

An Easier Way to Overwinter Tropicals

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 November 4th, 2017|

Hopefully by now you have brought in the majority of your tender succulents and tropical evergreens for the [presumably] long winter ahead.  And hopefully by now, you have found room for them in living spaces that will soon bear the clutter of holiday decorating and higher-than-average persons per square foot. Dealing with this chaotic shuffle [...]

One Last Tomato Harvest: Three Ways of Dealing With It.

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 October 20th, 2017|

The last of the tomatoes are ripening on the vine. Many more are currently ripening on the ground after a spate of blustery weather, and it takes a Herculean effort on my part to pick them this morning, as it is not just the harvesting but the promise of preparation implicit in the gathering that [...]

It’s Time To Bring The Houseplants In

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 October 13th, 2017|

It’s a tough season for the gardener who loves to entertain.  We know that we should bring in big healthy houseplants that have spent the summer outside, such as schefflera, ficus, philodendron and sansevieria.  We know that they will benefit from a smooth temperature transition and react with less leaf loss and yellowing if we [...]