Ornamentals

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

By |2018-12-20T17:04:01+00:00December 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 [...]

Experimentation as Energy: Lessons from Great Dixter

By |2018-11-30T18:20:20+00:00November 30th, 2018|

Just before leaving for Great Britain three months ago, I threw an overnight case in the back of a friend’s overworked Prius and headed down to Raleigh to attend a lecture being given by Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Great Dixter, and the Chief Executive of its charitable trust. Many gardeners, especially those who read [...]

Decorating The Thanksgiving Table with Natural Materials

By |2018-11-23T15:38:48+00:00November 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+00:00November 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 [...]

The Berries of Autumn

By |2018-10-29T09:55:14+00:00October 27th, 2018|

Pumpkins. Cinnamon. Wood fires and Robert Frost. With familiar regularity, autumn evokes in us an emotional response and draws us back to center as winter approaches.  It softens the knowledge of what is to come and gives us time (if we choose to take it) to reflect on what has been. I think this is [...]

The Return of the Queen

By |2018-10-06T12:29:35+00:00October 6th, 2018|

There are no adventures quite as adventurous as reclaiming the garden after a long absence abroad – and during the height of the growing season no less. From bewilderment to bloodshed to tears, it has been an interesting week.  Moreover, there are still miles to go before I sleep, and the winter is not drawing [...]

Planting For Pollinators? Let the Neighborhood Know!

By |2018-08-09T16:11:31+00:00August 10th, 2018|

  Gardeners are proud of their gardens for a host of different reasons. Some gardeners spend a great deal of time blending or contrasting color schemes.  Others love creating secret rooms or impressive hardscaping. But if you’re a gardener that spends just as much time watching the creatures that pollinate your garden as planting the [...]

Plant Propagation: With Great Cuttings Comes Great Responsibility

By |2018-08-02T21:04:50+00:00August 3rd, 2018|

When I give you a cutting, it’s more than likely I’m going to remember. It’s not that I’m obsessed, controlling or critical (that’s a different conversation held when I’m not around), it’s simply that I love my plants. If someone expresses an interest that goes beyond “Hey that’s pretty.” I jump on it, usually offer [...]

Change Up Your Plants

By |2018-08-02T20:24:18+00:00August 2nd, 2018|

Tired of the same old, same old?  Euonymus and Knock-Out roses just not blowing your proverbial skirt up anymore?  I understand.  It’s not that we don’t love many of the old standards or even the new, old standards, it’s just that we want to expand our horizons…try new plants…see new textures… have fresh nervous breakdowns. [...]

Of Vegetables and Weeds

By |2018-07-27T21:55:59+00:00July 27th, 2018|

Thankful as most of us are for the drenching rain this weekend and thunderstorms this week, it remains a hot summer with wasps and Johnson grass around every corner. Spring gardeners are leaving their hard-core cousins outdoors as they beat a hasty retreat to air conditioned sunrooms, prosecco glasses in hand. Any further gardening will [...]