In The Woods

A Gardener’s Progression of Cruelty: Volunteer Seedlings

By | 2018-06-03T19:23:58+00:00 June 1st, 2018|

‘One must be cruel to be kind’ is a hackneyed phrase that must have originated in a garden setting. Where else do men and women of good conscience perpetuate extreme acts of violence without a moment’s thought or consideration of that conscience? Once the deed is done – be it dismemberment or execution – ‘tis [...]

In The Frenzy of Spring, Remember The ‘Why’

By | 2018-04-02T18:40:00+00:00 March 30th, 2018|

Not satisfied with feeling overwhelmed with spring cleaning, spring wardrobe changeover, spring home repairs and spring holiday plans, I thought it might be clever to go outside last week, pick up a trowel and increase my anxiety in the spring garden. Beginning the process means a shift in priorities and a horrifying realization of everything [...]

Ashes to Ashes: The Legacy of The Emerald Ash Borer

By | 2018-03-24T15:04:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

About two years ago in the early winter months, I spied three pileated woodpeckers on an ash tree outside my office window and immediately felt like an Audubon rock star.  These are large, colorful birds – the sight of which gives the amateur birder a feeling of accomplishment. The sight of three sent this ignoramus [...]

East Coast / West Coast: We’ve All Got Our Issues

By | 2018-02-23T20:15:17+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

If you look carefully, there are very few places teeming with more stories than an airport terminal. In more innocent days when such things were still allowed, I’d hang out occasionally at the international arrivals gate watching people reconnect after time apart. The idea that I should have so much free time on my hands [...]

My Stiff Upper Lip Has Frozen In Place

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:43+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Well, that’s December over with.  I say this with a great deal of regret, as December is my resting month in the garden and it is always too short. Last night I happened across a differing opinion in an early essay* by British celebrity gardener and writer Monty Don. He sharpened his tongue against the [...]

End of season wrap up: My favorite plants of 2017

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:44+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

  Now that the garden has gently shifted into architecture and mush, it’s time to reflect on the plants we grew this season and decide whether we’ll continue to grow them for seasons to come. Whether sexy new introductions or old favorites, plants excite each one of us for totally different reasons and what lights [...]

Plant Hoarding: When Too Much is Not Enough

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

A little shifting of the pot ghetto yesterday revealed one too many plants happily rooted in the soil beyond their pots. It is good soil certainly, and I do not blame them, but the discovery is an inconvenient one.  I have been quite content to believe that a healthy three foot dawn redwood was satisfied [...]

Planning Now for a More Manageable Garden Later

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:45+00:00 October 6th, 2017|

Many believe wholeheartedly that the time to plan your garden is in the depths of winter. Perhaps this is true in terms of the minutiae; but after years of implementing the overreach that winter weather inspires in the bedraggled, I cannot recommend it.  No, the time to plan next year’s garden is now, before the [...]