Spring

Let the Cutting Back Begin

By |2018-02-20T20:40:50+00:00April 13th, 2017|

By the beginning of April, seed starting has been featuring heavily on the gardener’s weekend to-do list, claiming what little time we have between catch-up laundry and filing the dreaded 1040.  By the time we finally draw breath and look around at the new life perhaps springing out of hedgerow and front walkway, it has [...]

Big Dreams, Small Garden

By |2018-02-20T20:40:51+00:00February 15th, 2017|

Over the last eight years, I have written many columns encouraging people to face the space in which they find themselves and to create the garden that lives within them. Particularly in the midst of the difficult economic period of the last decade. Disturbingly, one of the things that I often heard when I initially [...]

Same Old, Same Old? Don’t Groundhog Day Your Landscape.

By |2018-02-20T20:40:51+00:00February 2nd, 2017|

Tempus fugit, and it’s currently fugiting at an alarming pace.  I am recently returned from trips and conferences that swallowed up December and January in phases of preparation, execution and recovery, and Christmas is still sitting on the dining room table, neatly compartmentalized and just tidy enough to consider throwing a blanket over it till [...]

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 [...]

My Romance with Becky

By |2018-02-20T20:41:05+00:00June 24th, 2016|

Given sufficient provenance, the memory of a plant can hold a place in our affections just as the memory of an old love affair. In fact, such floral memories are perhaps sweeter, for they do not carry the attached nonsense of end-of-the-line supernovas or unresolved conversations – the bitter that always taints the sweet.  They [...]

Shame: The Ultimate Tutor

By |2018-02-20T20:41:06+00:00April 21st, 2016|

Embarrassment is definitely frowned upon as a teaching tool.  In a world where everyone’s a winner, no one has a wrong answer, and definitions are fluid, it might be fairly unpopular to assert that I have learned some of my best lessons sporting a red face and sheepish grin – but as it’s absolutely true, [...]

Now Comes The Waiting: Planting with Patience

By |2018-02-20T20:41:07+00:00April 1st, 2016|

A nursery grower friend texted me last week over an ethical dilemma. Should she sell her precious, seed-raised specialty tomatoes (and assorted tender darlings) to customers that promised faithfully not to plant them for at least another five weeks? “They want them.” she agonized.  “They say they are going to care for them…but five weeks?” [...]