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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 [...]

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 [...]

Mid-Atlantic Gardening – Not for The Faint of Heart

By |2018-02-20T20:41:04+00:00July 1st, 2016|

I can’t remember which of the many gardening books I was reading the day I jubilantly came across the statement, “If you can garden in the Mid-Atlantic you can garden anywhere.” My self-satisfied smirk widened further when I realized that the author wasn’t even a Mid-Atlantic gardener himself.  This gave his words great gobs of [...]

Let the Garden Soften the Journey

By |2020-03-30T19:38:29+00:00June 17th, 2016|

  We'd had a bad day, he and I. Not together mind you, but each in our separate lanes, navigating the daily demons that divert us all from enjoying the precious days we are granted on this Earth. Broken water lines, missed deadlines and a pointless conversation with a computerized banker featured heavily in that [...]

Smile and Adapt: Gardening the Unexpected

By |2018-02-20T20:41:05+00:00May 27th, 2016|

A dry hot April, a wet cold May.  What is the world coming to?  Late April freezes have nixed the wisteria show for gardeners, yet month long May rains would have made the whole thing fairly pointless anyway. Ye Gods! I am in turns content with a forced respite from the garden as I finish [...]

The Garden Tchotchke Conundrum

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

We’ve all got them. Tchotchkes. Knick knacks. Doodads. More kindly put – and through squinted eyes – objets d’art. Unless you’re a minimalist with an inflexible disposition, your rooms and shelves are probably home to many ‘little bits’ that make you smile and evoke a memory (or the image of a dust cloth). From where [...]

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 [...]

Beyond The Glass: Gardening Without a Greenhouse

By |2018-02-20T20:41:07+00:00April 15th, 2016|

Photo courtesy of BC Greenhouses “You need a greenhouse.” If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that phrase over the last ten years, I would certainly have one, financed completely by the proceeds of well-meaning friends. Alas, life doesn’t work that way, and so I have spent many years [...]

Now Comes The Waiting: Planting with Patience

By |2018-02-20T20:41:07+00:00April 1st, 2016|

A nursery grower friend texted me last week over an ethical dilemma. Should she sell her precious, seed-raised specialty tomatoes (and assorted tender darlings) to customers that promised faithfully not to plant them for at least another five weeks? “They want them.” she agonized.  “They say they are going to care for them…but five weeks?” [...]

When you make your own yogurt but don’t milk your own goats: Finding your place in an age of homesteading fanaticism

By |2018-02-20T20:41:08+00:00February 26th, 2016|

It’s a running joke amongst our friends that our place is the safe house for any type of future apocalyptic scenario. I’d like to believe that they just want to get together, laugh, drink wine, and discuss the mysticism of Yeats before the zombies descend, but in reality, there’s something about owning your own wheat [...]

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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