winter garden

Reflections and Tasks for A Wet Winter

By | 2019-03-08T01:51:02+00:00 March 8th, 2019|

As if to punish me for my naiveté in penning an article in January on the subtle joys of a Mid-Atlantic winter, the Mid-Atlantic immediately doubled down, presenting us with icy wind, freezing rain and single digit temperatures. Eyes watched me carefully for retracted statements, but I had nothing to retract. The sooner the mud [...]

Taking Steps Toward a Winter Garden

By | 2019-02-22T21:41:59+00:00 February 22nd, 2019|

At the top of my driveway, slightly hidden on a south-facing slope that could less generously be termed a rocky mound, there is a small gathering of snowdrops and eranthis poking up amongst the stones and the chickweed.  This grouping is visible only to those that pass our entranceway; and as this is not a [...]

A Case for The Mid-Atlantic Winter

By | 2019-01-25T16:18:57+00:00 January 18th, 2019|

The winters are tough out here.  I know that I write from the muddied perspective of an ex-Californian (becoming more ex by the minute), but damn. I’m also aware, as the mother of a child now in North Dakota, daughter of a man who farmed cattle in Alberta, and correspondent of numerous friends and colleagues [...]

Staying On Top of Cool-Season Weeds

By | 2019-01-11T19:01:17+00:00 January 11th, 2019|

How should one weed in the winter? Those with a strong attachment to their recliners might say ‘one shouldn’t,’ and leave it at that. I completely understand.  I have a strong bond with my yellow tufted chair that goes quite beyond love and is entering the realm of soul connection – particularly in the winter. [...]

East Coast / West Coast: We’ve All Got Our Issues

By | 2018-02-23T20:15:17+00:00 February 9th, 2018|

If you look carefully, there are very few places teeming with more stories than an airport terminal. In more innocent days when such things were still allowed, I’d hang out occasionally at the international arrivals gate watching people reconnect after time apart. The idea that I should have so much free time on my hands [...]

Sorting, Testing, and Storing Those Seeds

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:42+00:00 January 26th, 2018|

My mother has seed packets that are older than I am. Frugality plays a role here I am sure, but nostalgia is probably at the heart of it. I still keep a somewhat crumpled Martha Stewart packet, long emptied of its thyme seeds, just to remind me of how high-end marketing and softly lit photos [...]

My Stiff Upper Lip Has Frozen In Place

By | 2018-02-20T20:40:43+00:00 January 5th, 2018|

Well, that’s December over with.  I say this with a great deal of regret, as December is my resting month in the garden and it is always too short. Last night I happened across a differing opinion in an early essay* by British celebrity gardener and writer Monty Don. He sharpened his tongue against the [...]