mid-atlantic gardening

July’s Garden

By |2020-07-12T21:22:46+00:00July 12th, 2020|

A shift is happening in the garden with the onset of July. The exuberance of spring is over, and gardeners are left looking at the remains of a pretty good party. Whether your garden looks hungover or not depends on the planting you did in the spring. Let's hope it included some flowering heat survivors [...]

The June Garden

By |2020-07-12T21:17:21+00:00June 2nd, 2020|

The gardener will be busy this month, and find that the available hours to work bear no relation to the amount of work that needs to be done. That is the hallmark of the June garden. In the Northern Hemisphere, we officially transition in June from the spring garden to the summer garden with the [...]

May’s Garden

By |2020-06-02T15:59:54+00:00April 27th, 2020|

May has symbolized rebirth and a definitive end to winter throughout the centuries. It is at once a vigorous month and a calming one, but we must calm our vigorous urges so we might see it. This year, I think we could all do with an end to a figurative, if not literal, winter. For [...]

Making August Exciting

By |2018-02-20T20:40:47+00:00June 23rd, 2017|

 “I’ve got a column for you,” said my well-dressed host as we toured his garden not so long ago. I gave him my full attention – Calliope isn’t consistently cooperative each week and one must seize upon inspiration whenever it is offered. “How,” he said, inserting a dramatic pause, “can we make August exciting?”   [...]