Garden

  • Yes, I am still watering the window box. Yes, I regret pulling the tuber begonias out of said box weeks and weeks ago. They are now in forced retirement. Not a place they want to be.  They were thriving, blooming, happy as can be and what did I do? Consigned them to the basement, solitary confi...

    Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:26am
  • Well, this is awkward. I have not done much in my garden since planting bulbs last week. Nary a weed has been pulled, and there are plenty out there.  I can’t clean my tools because there really is more to do. The Brussels sprouts are still hanging out. I know, I know they can stay out there ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:25am
  • I find it a bit unusual to compose a bouquet in October of lilacs, roses, primroses and pale yellow trollius. Lovely yes, odd — definitely.  All of these plants have given me a gentle second bloom now and then over the years, but nothing like this. My garden is more lovely now than it was in ...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 2:13pm
  • I have embraced kale. Last growing season I started four plants by directly seeding them into the plot. It was a very long time before I got anything that looked productive. By then I was not all that interested. But this year I set out four strong seedlings, conferred with friends who are believers...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:02pm
  • Slugs? Slugs? What slugs? There aren’t any in this garden. They must be in yours. Or, better yet, the ice sheet of winter past got the best of them.  This is the first time at this site that my garden is not being devoured by these mollusks. I like it. Not only is the garden free of them, but...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:03am
  • Egad! Methinks it has been a whole month since I last talked to you. There is much to be said, put down your gardening tools and have a read. Add a cup to tea to that scenario.  Everything about this gardening season has been interesting. And odd....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:40pm
  • This is proving to be an astounding growing season. The vegetable garden is producing with a single-minded purpose — to fill our freezer.  I have top-dressed (added a thin layer of feeding mulch) once and the plants have responded with gusto. I won’t do this again this season. I am leaving ...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 3:26pm
  • So there I am, my friend has asked me about his honeysuckle that has three live leaves. It was planted six inches from the wall of his house probably 30 years ago by a former owner. It needs to go. Now. I suggest this. Emphatically. I can read his face — who couldn’t? He does not want to cut it ...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:13pm
  • The iris setosa (our native iris) thrives in a very boggy area of the garden. There are even marsh marigolds tucked in among them. Whenever I am mucking around in there I think back to the adult mink that paid a visit to our garden six years ago, and I start to wonder if it, or a relative, is lurkin...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:29pm
  • It is a tad difficult to be upbeat when the majority of the plants in my perennial beds are dead. I will consider this an opportunity. A chance to correct some irksome mistakes. A chance to simplify.  Those gorgeous Black Knight Pacific Giant delphiniums that have been thriving along the railin...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 4:57pm

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