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April 2, 2020


Allum, purple blossoms

Planning Ahead for Summer Alliums

Allium ‘Millennium’ can be planted in the spring and reliably bloom in the heat of summer.


March 26, 2020


Daffodils caught in a surprise snow.


Remember the danger of sudden spring frosts and wait to set out your tender annuals.


March 19, 2020


Outdoor thermometer

Air Temps

Do not take risks by setting out your annual plants too soon.


March 12, 2020



Outwitting the Weather

Frost dates are very important.


March 5, 2020


Red clay soil

Clay is Okay

Many of us with clay soil complain loudly about it, and it’s true that gardens with clay soil can be hard to dig. Nonetheless, it has its virtues.


February 27, 2020


Pink-peachy colored coral bells plant

A New Generation of Coral Bells

Photos of this new generation of Heucheras are irresistible. I plan to order as many as I can afford for spring planting!


February 20, 2020


Deadheading a plant.

Deadheading: It Keeps the Color Coming

The whole garden looks better if plants are deadheaded, so it is a good thing.

February 13, 2020


Roses in Words

Roses in Words

In February, it is appropriate to think about roses.

February 6, 2020


The purple bloom of Iris reticulate in early spring.

Tiny but Tough

The earliest iris to bloom is the petite Iris reticulata.

January 30, 2020


Painting of the Elgin Botanic Garden (ca. 1810)

David Hosack

Hosack realized the need for a public garden as a research facility for medical scientists and their students.

January 23, 2020


Hand full of flower seeds.

Easy Does It

Quite a number of flowering annuals can be started by sowing their seeds directly into the garden.

January 16, 2020


Photo of native Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) in flower.

Spring Ephemerals

Before long, some of the earliest flowers to bloom will be stirring in our gardens.

January 9, 2020


Doll in snowshoes wearing a bikini.

Interesting Quotes

Here are some interesting things said by some interesting people. Plus, my personal advice to you in January.

January 2, 2020


The parterre at Blickling with hardy perennials, remade in 1932 by Norah Lindsay.

Norah Lindsay

Lindsay was the Grande Dame of gardening in a time when ladies did not have professional careers.

December 26, 2019


Landscape architect Thomas Church standing in Martin Garden, 1949 (black and white image).

Thomas Church in California

Thomas Church (1902-78) was a garden designer whose style was a response to California's specific type of lifestyle and climate.

December 19, 2019


Coffee mug on a winter windowsill.

Winter Words of Wisdom

This winter I have been reading some garden writers’ words of wisdom, which now I will share with you.

December 12, 2019


Rose floating in glass bowl.

Sweet & Simple

Just one rose floating in a small bowl, presented with a heartfelt message, written or verbal, will be treasured.

December 5, 2019


Vintage photo of two small children next to an enormous smooth hydrangea.

Smooth Hydrangeas

Most of us are familiar with the old-fashioned, white mop-head blossoms of the popular hydrangea variety ‘Annabelle.’

November 28, 2019


Hydrangea shrub with both pink and blue flowers.

Changing Color

Sometimes soil can be just slightly acid or neutral with a PH of 6 or 7 and you will get a mix of both pink and blue flowers on the same plant.

November 21, 2019


Climbing hydrangea.

Old Wood, New Wood

Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful as well as durable shrubs in our gardens.

November 14, 2019


Copacabana promenade in Rio de Janeiro designed by Roberto Burle Marx.

Living Art

In 2019, The New York Botanical Garden mounted an exhibit honoring Brazil’s greatest landscape designer 25 years after his death: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx.”

November 7, 2019


Hummingbirds fighting


Male hummers are extremely aggressive. They even stab each other!

October 31, 2019


David Austin Roses, The view in a commercial rose-growing nursery near Albrighton, England.

David Austin (1926-2018)

David Austin was fond of saying that a rose without a fragrance is only half a rose.

October 24, 2019


Iris spuria.

Iris Facts

I grow more iris than I used to because deer leave them alone, and I’ve discovered that there are many things I did not know about these flowers.

October 17, 2019


White flower Narcissus 'Mount Hood'.

White Flowers

I have been planting more white flowers recently because I already have so many other colored flowers that bloom in my yard across the growing seasons.

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