In The Woods

Dismiss British Garden Writers? Absurd.

By | 2019-07-19T13:17:03+00:00 July 19th, 2019|

This week I want to sincerely thank Scott Beuerlein, friend and columnist at Horticulture magazine, whose irreverent column about British garden writers got me out of my funk and racing for the laptop to write a rebuttal for Garden Rant.  Do you keep to regional garden advice or do you like to dip into voices [...]

Taking Steps Toward a Winter Garden

By | 2019-02-22T21:41:59+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|

At the top of my driveway, slightly hidden on a south-facing slope that could less generously be termed a rocky mound, there is a small gathering of snowdrops and eranthis poking up amongst the stones and the chickweed.  This grouping is visible only to those that pass our entranceway; and as this is not a [...]

Flexibility in the Midst of Uncertainty: A Chat with Scott Aker

By | 2019-01-22T21:27:14+00:00 January 25th, 2019|

In the last days of 2018, there was one email I looked forward to each morning in amongst the coupons and the Groupons and the chaff and the wheat that now passes for correspondence in the 21st century. It was from Agrible, Inc.® - an agricultural and commercial service headquartered in Illinois that provides farmers [...]

Staying On Top of Cool-Season Weeds

By | 2019-01-11T19:01:17+00:00 January 11th, 2019|

How should one weed in the winter? Those with a strong attachment to their recliners might say ‘one shouldn’t,’ and leave it at that. I completely understand.  I have a strong bond with my yellow tufted chair that goes quite beyond love and is entering the realm of soul connection – particularly in the winter. [...]

Nail It! Three Tricks to Make a Gorgeous Natural Wreath This Season

By | 2018-12-20T17:04:01+00:00 December 20th, 2018|

It's the weekend before Christmas, and even though you've tried to ignore it, the spirit is in the air and you have an itch to undertake one last decorating project: a natural wreath for the front door. Except...you've never really nailed the art of wreath making. 'Spindly' and 'amateurish' are words that figure prominently in [...]

Decorating The Thanksgiving Table with Natural Materials

By | 2018-11-23T15:38:48+00:00 November 21st, 2018|

It’s Thanksgiving morning.  What have you forgotten? You’ve thrown the turkey in the oven, the stuffing is made and on its way to being glorious, and your sister is bringing the rolls and jello. In a few minutes the game and/or parade will start blaring from the living room and you can start to relax. [...]

Right Plant, Right Place – The Wisdom of Beth Chatto

By | 2018-11-16T20:01:10+00:00 November 16th, 2018|

“We lost too many plants in our impatience to possess them, because we had not achieved the proper growing conditions.” - Beth Chatto, The Beth Chatto Handbook _______________________________ If ever a sentence deserves a garden writers' gold medal for excellence and simplicity, it is this one, written decades ago by gardener and garden designer, the [...]

Clean It Up or Let It Be: The Fall Garden

By | 2018-11-09T12:10:45+00:00 November 9th, 2018|

Well, we're square in the middle of the autumn season. I hope you’re enjoying your garden right now and not thinking too much about the end of it.  These last little drops of fall are to be savored – after all, they are what we will remember when the January banshees start to scream.   [...]

What Can We Learn From British Gardens?

By | 2019-02-07T13:44:20+00:00 November 1st, 2018|

Fresh from an exhaustive three weeks driving 1800 miles to tour British gardens and their associated tea rooms, I am full of ideas and inspiration for next year’s planting schemes. The British know how to do it. The hype is real. But what exactly is that ‘it’ comprised of? Cottagey color? Architectural hedging? Jam covered [...]