Fall

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

By |2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00December 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+00:00November 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 [...]

A Better Black Friday

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

Whether we have fully accepted it or not, the holiday season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. You may reject the idea of Big Box lines at 2am for unnecessary gadgets and must-have technology (I do), but – completely against your will – you may also find yourself getting just a little excited at [...]

Not All Tropicals Are Divas: Here’s an Easy Way to Overwinter Them

By |2019-11-04T20:27:44+00:00November 4th, 2017|

Updated 11/4/19 Hopefully by now you have brought in the majority of your tender succulents and tropical evergreens/gorgeous houseplants 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 [...]

Should You Plan (and Plant) a Cutting Garden?

By |2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00September 29th, 2017|

I have a friend who has always considered a weekly bouquet of fresh flowers a necessity.  She is French however, and they are presumably taught such things at their chic mothers’ beautifully sculpted knees. For years I have secretly admired her resolute stance on the subject, but as the daughter of an English father and [...]

Order Bulbs for The Spring Garden (Before Everyone Else Has)

By |2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00August 29th, 2017|

Few things motivate a gardener the way that getting a plant ahead of another gardener does;  and by the end of August we need motivation more than we need food and water. To that end, I would like to draw your attention to the random assortment of bulb catalogs that started showing up two months [...]

Plant Those Trees!

By |2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00July 21st, 2017|

As we begin to move later into the year and approach the fabulous fall planting season, it’s time to think about the trees we’d like to see sharing our space.  Time flies by quickly and you don’t want to find yourself saying “Why on earth didn’t we plant that oak thirty years ago?”   [...]

The Food-Waste Disconnect

By |2018-02-20T20:41:01+00:00December 8th, 2016|

A perfect storm of circumstance ended in a coffee-filled rant on Facebook on Friday, and while I stand by those words (many of which were capitalized, and none of which were sensitive), it is convenient to have the luxury of a newspaper column to formulate a more civilized, if no less provocative, response. The topic [...]

Coming Around to Canna

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00November 25th, 2016|

There are few persons more strident as those who have once loved a thing only to turn their backs upon it, unless of course it is those who have hated, and now love with equal fervor. In time, both groups will suffer the well-deserved jabs of those who knew them before their evangelization, but such [...]

A Beech for All Seasons

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00November 19th, 2016|

Well, it’s happened. The leaves are more or less gone and it looks like winter out there.  A friend writes on social media “‘Tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart.” – though he might be referring to something else entirely. I myself am in a Midsummer Night’s Dream frame of mind, thinking more [...]

What’s Next? (Relax. I’m talking about the garden.)

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00November 11th, 2016|

It’s a bit disconcerting to find ourselves here again, at the end of the season, facing winter and wondering where the months have gone. Photo credit: Kelly Fowler We're all dealing with it differently. Some of us will continue to grow lettuces in hoop houses hastily constructed over raised beds, while others will [...]