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Everyone Needs a Vacation. Even Gardeners.

By |2024-05-08T14:36:25+00:00May 10th, 2024|

Many years ago I wrote an article entitled “Beans or Beach?” – bemoaning the difficulty that serious gardeners have with leaving their gardens like normal people and taking vacations. “If it is a year that we have decided to visit our family in California the question is always “when”?  Seedlings are started in February, the [...]

Go Foraged. And Take the Fear Out of Formal Tablescapes.

By |2023-12-07T22:10:29+00:00December 8th, 2023|

I'm into table decorating.  Always have been.  If you give me a table and an hour, and put someone else in charge of stirring the balsamic reduction, I am in my happy place. Somewhere between my twenties and now, table decorations have become 'tablescapes', and I can't disagree with the term - creating a gorgeous [...]

If it means I don’t have to water, I’m good with the deck falling down.

By |2023-09-07T15:05:39+00:00September 8th, 2023|

It’s so dry right now in my little part of Rain Shadow, Virginia that even the blades of Japanese stilt grass are curling.  When, last night, my husband decided, mid-sip, that we needed to stay off the aging deck or risk falling through it, all I could think was, “Oh good. That means I can [...]

Why I Use a Garden Auger to Plant Bulbs; And When It’s Not A Great Idea.

By |2022-12-28T21:48:51+00:00December 28th, 2022|

Yes, I know. We could have done with this post about two months ago.  But two months ago I was planting bulbs and didn’t have time to write it.  Still, there’s a good chance there are more than a few of you with boxes of bulbs that haven’t gone in yet, and very little time [...]

Three Insider Tricks to Make a Sophisticated Natural Wreath This Season

By |2022-12-01T19:46:14+00:00December 1st, 2022|

December is upon us, the spirit is in the air, and you have an itch to try the whole wreath-making thing again. Except...you've never really nailed the art of wreath making. 'Spindly' and 'amateurish' are words that figure prominently in the memories you haven't already blocked, followed by 'lop-sided,' and 'award for participation.' Perhaps you'd [...]

#HouseplantVacation is Over For the Season. Here’s What to Do. And When.

By |2022-09-28T20:30:27+00:00September 28th, 2022|

I wrote this article originally for The National Garden Bureau, of which I'm a proud member. However, the info is so important, I asked to reprint it here for the benefit of my readers too .  I hope you enjoy it and find a few tips for making the transition from garden plant to houseplant, [...]

New Trick for an Old Gardener: Planning and Designing EXACTLY what I want.

By |2022-09-22T17:32:41+00:00September 22nd, 2022|

Last weekend I started the process of becoming professionally serious about a small area west of my fenced kitchen garden. It's functioned as a mini-wildflower meadow (and then general eyesore) for the last four or so years.  With the advice and help of the talented horticulturist, designer and author Gregg Tepper, I’m diving into the [...]

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