summer garden

Weed Smart: Tools and Tips

By |2019-09-20T21:10:40+00:00September 13th, 2019|

Printed directions and warnings for products that require only a modicum of common sense exhaust me. Yesterday I purchased a vanity mirror with accompanying booklet in four languages on how to a) plug it in and b) turn it on.  On page four were various line drawings in red and black depicting line people being [...]

The Carefree Magic of Zinnia

By |2019-03-27T19:40:14+00:00March 29th, 2019|

Sometimes we need an easy win.     We need a riot of color that looks like we planned it, even if we didn’t. We need ‘low maintenance’ and ‘average soils.’ We need something along the lines of ‘direct sow’ and ‘blooms from summer ‘till frost.’ And while we’re at it, we’ll take ‘deer resistant,’ [...]

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 [...]

Creation vs. Maintenance: A Balancing Act

By |2018-02-20T20:40:46+00:00July 14th, 2017|

One of the most popular talks I've been giving lately deals with maintenance and balancing one’s life with one’s garden – more specifically, not taking on a project that creates six new maintenance projects in the foreseeable hereafter when the lifeboat is already taking on water. And to those watching me bounce around the podium, [...]

My Romance with Becky

By |2018-02-20T20:41:05+00:00June 24th, 2016|

Given sufficient provenance, the memory of a plant can hold a place in our affections just as the memory of an old love affair. In fact, such floral memories are perhaps sweeter, for they do not carry the attached nonsense of end-of-the-line supernovas or unresolved conversations – the bitter that always taints the sweet.  They [...]

August’s Garden

By |2019-09-04T21:35:39+00:00January 23rd, 2015|

August is deep summer.  Fireflies are at their peak, and the sun is only just starting to wane.  My water barrels run dry a little more frequently this month - and so does my patience - but when I'm feeling snarky, I can always call my sister in California and hear how she's had to [...]