No No November

By |2018-02-20T20:41:27+00:00November 27th, 2012|

The tender plants are in, the beds are mulched and the leaves have fallen. November is never an exciting month in the gardening calendar, filled as it is with so many to-dos and so few ta-das. I find my enthusiasm lessened somewhat by the cold, and the dreariness of a grey sky, yet coming indoors [...]

A Trio for All Seasons

By |2018-02-20T20:41:27+00:00September 28th, 2012|

Listen/Download Article When you have a small garden and you are trying to make it sparkle for more than the oh-so-brief month of May, it is necessary to blend a thoughtful assortment of annual, biennial and perennial plants that can pull double and even triple shifts with flowers and/or foliage well into November.  [...]

Death of a Conversation

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00November 23rd, 2011|

Listen/Download Article A week ago I was leisurely wandering with a friend through his garden when I spied the familiar burnt orange of leaf blotch discoloring what could only be a large horse chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum) near his drive. I was surprised to see the tree in such a dry, rural Californian setting and [...]

Loose Ends to Be Tied

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00November 11th, 2011|

Listen/Download Article Things are moving quickly in the garden once again.  However it is not new growth of which I speak, nor the rustle of birds frantically throwing together nests in the spirea.  We have reaped that particular whirlwind and now stand on the other side of our garden season – watching the rapid decay [...]

Magical Mushrooms

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00October 21st, 2011|

Listen/Download Article Most of us have been instructed from an early age to keep our hands and our mouths away from fruiting fungi. We may be happy to nibble on a bit of wild sorrel, or taste the pungent acidity of a dandelion, but the minute we are faced with a large, beautiful [...]

One Last Hurrah

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00October 14th, 2011|

Listen/Download Article It’s difficult to inspire plants to perform. As a rule, they don’t respond well to sweet nothings, obnoxious shouting is ignored, and begging is right out. At the end of the day it comes down to an adequate supply of water and nutrients, lack of disease and pests….oh and one other trifling detail [...]

Take A Walk With Me

By |2018-02-20T20:41:30+00:00October 7th, 2011|

Listen/Download Article It is true, as the late Christopher Lloyd once said, that there shouldn’t be too many vested interests in a garden. Invariably, tastes cross, words are exchanged and dirt is thrown. I have rarely seen a couple equally driving the feel and scope of a garden – one gardener always has his or [...]

A Kaleidoscope of Coleus

By |2018-02-20T20:41:31+00:00September 30th, 2011|

Listen/Download Article It is not an exaggeration to say that the amateur gardener, if not marveling over vegetable beds, is most often focused on the size, shape, color and duration of flowers. Unless you’ve had a flashy designer come in and introduce you to the wonderful world of foliage over a particularly painful check-writing session, [...]

Revel in The Season

By |2018-02-20T20:41:31+00:00September 18th, 2011|

Listen/Download Article The fall garden. Ahhhhhh. No matter how cruel the summer, how dry and hot and humid, nature invites us back outside again now to remember why we garden; why we go crazy over catalogs in January and nurseries in April – for the chance to reconnect to the sights and smells and pleasures [...]

To Tidy or To Tarry?

By |2020-11-16T17:55:01+00:00December 2nd, 2010|

Clean up your room!” Four of the most overworked words in my home. No excuses are accepted, no bribes received. Yet of course, if positions were reversed, and my children happened to glance out of the window at the flower border and the vegetable garden and the back lawn, they might be tempted to utter [...]


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