Fall

Coming Around to Canna

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00November 25th, 2016|

There are few persons more strident as those who have once loved a thing only to turn their backs upon it, unless of course it is those who have hated, and now love with equal fervor. In time, both groups will suffer the well-deserved jabs of those who knew them before their evangelization, but such [...]

A Beech for All Seasons

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00November 19th, 2016|

Well, it’s happened. The leaves are more or less gone and it looks like winter out there.  A friend writes on social media “‘Tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart.” – though he might be referring to something else entirely. I myself am in a Midsummer Night’s Dream frame of mind, thinking more [...]

What’s Next? (Relax. I’m talking about the garden.)

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

It’s a bit disconcerting to find ourselves here again, at the end of the season, facing winter and wondering where the months have gone. Photo credit: Kelly Fowler We're all dealing with it differently. Some of us will continue to grow lettuces in hoop houses hastily constructed over raised beds, while others will [...]

Fall Berry & Bulb Color

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00October 31st, 2016|

It’s harvest season. Even those who don’t harvest anything more than a cereal box off a shelf know that autumn means decorative berries. But did you know it also can also mean the brightness of autumn-blooming bulbs?  Let’s finish this series on the fall garden (both online and off) with a few suggestions for both. [...]

Fall Foliage Color

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00October 21st, 2016|

Continuing with the theme of possibilities for your autumn garden – I’d like to take your eyes off the flowers for a moment and focus them squarely on foliage – a forgotten area for too many gardeners, no matter what the season. Another stunning Chanticleer foliage combination. Not completely hardy, but completely gorgeous until [...]

Fall Bloom Color

By |2018-02-20T20:41:02+00:00October 13th, 2016|

What’s working in your autumn garden right now?  If you’re shrugging and pointing to a top heavy mum that’s got more juice running through its veins than a Russian weightlifter, you’re on the wrong track.  I’m asking what’s working. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' at Chanticleer Garden Perhaps I should ask, what’s working in the [...]

Preparing for The End

By |2018-02-20T20:41:03+00:00October 7th, 2016|

There is an end to every good party and thankfully, every bad one, but whichever one your garden has taken you to this year, it’s time to start hunting for your coat and keys. Rugosa alba hips redden on a brilliant yellow backdrop You might have exited early – wearied by the interminable [...]

Ordered Chaos: The Case for a Potting Station

By |2018-02-20T20:41:06+00:00May 6th, 2016|

In every home there is a place where unfolded laundry is thrown and a week’s worth of junk is shoved when guests rap upon the door unexpectedly. For some lucky souls it may be a spare room. For others it might be a more traditional space like a basement, garage, attic, or even a cupboard [...]

When Everyone Is Watching: Garden Design for Non-Designers

By |2018-02-20T20:41:10+00:00November 19th, 2015|

A front-and-center garden puts artwork on display and invites accolades or criticism. I've got nothing but accolades for this Oregon homeowner. Designing a garden is a humbling experience, period. But when your design is instantly on display because you are planting an entrance or a driveway, it’s a worrying experience. And, [...]

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