Spring

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?” [...]

This isn’t your grandmother’s Show: Philly rocks it with “Explore America”

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00March 4th, 2016|

I cannot say I was optimistic this morning, heading north and wondering how on Earth the Philadelphia Horticultural Society was going to pull off a show dedicated to the immense grandeur of America's National Parks. They did more than pull it off.  Spring is on display in Philadelphia. And boy is it on display.  As [...]

When Everyone Is Watching: Garden Design for Non-Designers

By |2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00November 19th, 2015|

A front-and-center garden puts artwork on display and invites accolades or criticism. I've got nothing but accolades for this Oregon homeowner. Designing a garden is a humbling experience, period. But when your design is instantly on display because you are planting an entrance or a driveway, it’s a worrying experience. And, [...]

The Garden Remembers

By |2018-02-20T20:41:11+00:00July 2nd, 2015|

This morning I caught my breath to find new shoots breaking through the soil on a St. John’s Wort I thought had died in transit from Oregon several weeks ago. Hypericum calycinum is not a difficult plant, nor as rare as the nursery finds that shared its cramped suitcase on the flight home; but as [...]

The Gnat Hat

By |2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00June 15th, 2015|

We're on the Virginia side of the river now, but even so, I have read with interest the heroic efforts of a local Maryland citizen who is determined to eradicate our shared gnat problem by enlisting the big [spray] guns of the government. I must say, when we moved to this area near the Potomac [...]

The Spousal Problem

By |2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00May 21st, 2015|

Father Ted said it best. My husband is frequently annoyed with me that I rarely indulge the ‘dreamer’ who lives deep inside of this pragmatic, 40-something frame. It’s one thing to remain practical over cars, electric bills and clothing budgets, he muses. But to apply such dull and dusty thinking to a garden [...]

Deck That Deck!

By |2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00April 26th, 2015|

The spring reclamation of patios and decks has begun across the Mid-Atlantic and New England. And, unlike our brother gardeners in sunnier climes, this will involve something more extensive than changing the cushions to reflect a seasonal change from warm to warmer. Our outside rooms – be they patio, deck, balcony or front porch stoop [...]

Fickle April

By |2018-02-20T20:41:22+00:00April 5th, 2015|

Convalaria shoots are just as fascinating to my Jack Russell as they are to me The crocus and winter aconite have finally appeared, only to find me standing over them, tapping my watch. Everything is a little late this year, but I will take that as an omen for a long spring and [...]

Find me in the NEW Spring issue of GreenPrints Magazine!

By |2018-02-20T20:41:23+00:00March 9th, 2015|

It's a privilege to be a contributor during GreenPrints' 25th year of publication, and I encourage you to subscribe to this very worthy magazine described by editor Pat Stone as "the most unusual, humorous, moving, entertaining, inspiring, simply special garden magazine in the country!" My article in this issue, "My Tulip Turnaround" is a story [...]

Winter’s Salvation

By |2018-02-20T20:41:25+00:00March 31st, 2014|

Never has a topic been so thoroughly explored and exhausted as that of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug infestation that has plagued the East Coast for several years. I use the word 'exhausted' very deliberately. One grows bone-weary of reading articles filled with half-truths and empty promises regarding physical or chemical control; and [...]