garden angst

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 [...]

The Price of Greenery is Eternal Vigilance

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:04+00:00 August 29th, 2016|

In August, the gardener can be forgiven for wanting some time off.  Forgiven that is, by other gardeners – the garden itself does not forgive and does not arrest the march of progress just because you’re tired of picking beans in 70% humidity. I am not for a minute implying that you go on vacation.  [...]

Leaving Under Duress: The Gardener’s Vacation

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:04+00:00 August 11th, 2016|

Visitors by the millions are heading to beaches worldwide during these weeks of summer, and no doubt there are a few who, while enjoying the sun, surf and sangria, are wondering how their garden is getting on without them.  I don’t have a comforting platitude for them any more than I have one for myself [...]

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 [...]

Smile and Adapt: Gardening the Unexpected

By | 2018-02-20T20:41:05+00:00 May 27th, 2016|

A dry hot April, a wet cold May.  What is the world coming to?  Late April freezes have nixed the wisteria show for gardeners, yet month long May rains would have made the whole thing fairly pointless anyway. Ye Gods! I am in turns content with a forced respite from the garden as I finish [...]