Summer

Nursery Spotlight: Lilypons Offers a Cooling Start to The Summer

By | 2018-07-06T21:55:16+00:00 July 6th, 2018|

  As hot days and warm nights begin to color the pages of July, there are very few nurseries with display gardens that can boast of peak season. But then, there are very few that have devoted their businesses to the pleasures of the water garden – and July is National Water Gardening Month for [...]

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 [...]

In Defense of Bad Taste: The Story of Toad Hall

By | 2018-06-22T11:04:39+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|

I spent a quiet afternoon two weeks ago working in a small garden outside my guest room windows.  The room is built into a sloping bank and partially surrounded by a deck, and therefore the garden is not only visible on an intimate level from below, but from a larger, birds-eye view above – a [...]

Nursery Spotlight: Brews and Blooms at Thanksgiving Farms

By | 2018-06-15T15:15:37+00:00 June 15th, 2018|

Shopping for plants is good.  Shopping for heirloom vegetables is even better.  But when you combine those plants and veggies with a hand-crafted beer, then add a band, a food truck and a lot of loungeable patio furniture on a weekend in the summer, you have the makings of Heaven on earth. That’s the vibe [...]

Portrait of a Weed: Japanese Stilt Grass

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

Usually, a couple of hours outside on my hands and knees is all it takes to get the wheels of the mind careening toward a publishable, if highly editable, product.  This week, it took ten minutes.     Ten minutes of repetitive grasping, pulling and tossing massive wads of reddening Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum) [...]

Should You Plan (and Plant) a Cutting Garden?

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 September 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 [...]

Preserving the Harvest or Preserving My Sanity?

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

I have been in and out of canning jars for three days now, trying in turns to preserve the harvest, fulfil my writing deadlines, manage my family’s outrageous expectations of motherhood, and to do all of this without losing my ever-living mind. Oh, and there’s something else…What was it?….Ah yes.  The garden.  I actually have [...]

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

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 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 [...]

Facing, and Enjoying, The Garden in August

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Where do you and your garden stand right now?  Let me take a wild guess. The spring flush of puppy love is gone, obviously.  That was so yesterday. I’m betting your excitement over a summer romance is also over. These things never last. In fact, with the first volunteer pumpkins ripening on the compost pile, [...]