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A Weekly Walk

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Last week one of the callers to GardenLine mentioned that she walked through her garden every Saturday morning so that she’d know what to call in about that morning. […]

Instant Gardens?

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The Japanese Umbrella Pine is only six feet hall, and the Pinky Winky Hydrangeas are half that. It’s so hard to be patient and appreciate how they are […]

Front Yards

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In a recent email from Wayne Winterrowd he commented on a visit to our property shortly after we moved in: “I LOVED the fact that you were putting your […]

A First Snow

Yesterday we had our first snowfall of the winter. I was thrilled. Although my adult self worries about getting out the next morning, there is still a child in me that feels like every snowstorm is a celebration.

This morning the landscape is transformed. Because the snow was wet it stuck to every leaf and […]

I Love This Plant – Campanula ‘Bernice’

I love this Campanula: Campanula trachelium ‘Bernice’. It is a perennial that I didn’t bring with me when I moved to Poison Ivy Acres, so I’ll need to start with new ‘Bernice’ plants next season.

For me this plant grew to about 2 feet high in a part-sun garden. As long as it gets […]

Lawn, No Lawn, and Lawn Replacements

One of the first things we did at our last two properties is to replace part of the lawn with gardens.

It’s not that I hate the turf… especially my idea of turf which is combination of grass, white clover, and whatever green plant happens to take root in my lawn at the time. […]

I Love Sweet William

I love the old fashioned, cottage garden plant commonly called Sweet William. Diantus barbatus is easy to grow from seed and although in some places it’s called a perennial, you’re better off thinking of this as a biennial. This plant grows one year, blooms the next and sometimes comes back…usually it self-seeds. Don’t bother with […]

Why “Poison Ivy Acres”?

Last week on the radio I referred to my property as “Poison Ivy Acres”, as I have on this blog and my website many times. Later that day I ran into one of my listeners and he said, “Poison Ivy Acres? Why that name? Aren’t there more beautiful aspects of your garden that can give […]