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Every Garden Has Its Weakness: Here’s Mine.

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00 August 18th, 2017|

For all the successes I have had with our new garden at Oldmeadow, there are parts of this space that defy any attempts to create beauty.  They are so awkward, so large, so weedy and so uninspiring that had I ten times the budget I am not certain I could solve them, unless that budget [...]

When little becomes big – Avoiding the headache.

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:47+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

  It’s disconcerting to realize your plants are bigger.  A lot bigger. When a tree or shrub finally grips the earth with a committed heart and gets down to the business of seriously growing, the gardener can instinctively feel the change.  And it’s frightening.   This Edgeworthia chrysantha doesn't look like much its second [...]

The Beauty and Balance of a Small Garden

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:48+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|

As is usual at this time of year, I am touring other people’s gardens one day only to spend the next 48 hours in mine, rethinking everything from plant choices to maintenance plans. It’s one of the best ways I know of re-charging the batteries during a season that doesn’t stop for stragglers, but it [...]

Mid-Atlantic Gardening – Not for The Faint of Heart

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:04+00:00 July 1st, 2016|

I can’t remember which of the many gardening books I was reading the day I jubilantly came across the statement, “If you can garden in the Mid-Atlantic you can garden anywhere.” My self-satisfied smirk widened further when I realized that the author wasn’t even a Mid-Atlantic gardener himself.  This gave his words great gobs of [...]

‘Easy’ Is a Matter of Perspective

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00 February 9th, 2016|

With millions of innovative gardeners on this planet, differences of opinion and horticultural hair-pulling sessions are bound to erupt. Most of us look forward to a little good-natured thrust and parry – particularly in February when we’re all getting tired of endless conversations about how this winter stacks up to the last. Well this [...]