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June Is So Green

Report From PIA – May 31

Tomorrow is June 1st. Every year at this time I remember my friend Cia telling me that someone she knew hated June because “it’s so green.” Although I don’t dislike June (too green?) I agree that this month is an in-your-face, all-out-growth time of year.

I think that the […]

Doing Everything Wrong

Report From PIA – May 30

There is an old gardener’s saying that goes, “You prune when the shears are sharp.” In other words, when you get around to it. I thought of this on Friday when I was at our community garden plot. As I aimed the hose at the potatoes, I called to […]

A Cutting Garden

Report From PIA – May 29

When we moved to Poison Ivy Acres, one of the items on my wish list was a cutting garden. Fortunately, at the top of the property there was the perfect location for annuals and perennials intended solely for bouquets.

We can, of course, cut flowers from all places on […]

Pushing To Plant

Report From PIA – May 28

When I got home tonight, I told my mother-in-law that I was going outside to do some planting. “Oh, please don’t,” she said. “You must be tired…you worked with plants all day.”

She was right – I was at the garden center, and doing consultations, from 8 until 5 […]

Conscious Cultivation

Report From PIA – May 27

When we’re busy just keeping up with all of life’s necessities it’s easy to forget to work on thoughtful growth. At this time of year even my gardening can become a matter of checking things off the to-do list. Today I watered plants, set up sprinklers in the early […]

Is Bigger Better?

Report From PIA – May 26

The first peonies opened at Poison Ivy Acres today, and I picked a bouquet for my bedroom. As I cut these flowers and the side buds that were on the same stem, I remembered the time a fellow master gardener was at my house in early May. He walked […]

Not So Fast…

Report From PIA – May 25

When people come into the garden center, they are frequently looking mature, ready to bloom plants. Those tiny annual Salvia, or the young stalks of Baptisia aren’t very compelling to many shoppers.

The majority of those looking for vegetable plants don’t want to hear that some things are best […]


Report From PIA – May 24

I have so much to do, and little time to do it all in. I’m so very blessed.

There are tomato plants waiting to go into the ground, mulch to be spread and weeds to pull. No rain is forecast in the coming week so I need to be […]

Doing It Right

Report From PIA – May 23

Today I planted annuals in the bed at the base of the drive. Last fall I smothered the grass in this area with newspapers and mulch. Today I scraped aside what was left of the papers and dug holes for the annuals. Not all of the digging was easy, […]

Annuals Are The Answer

Report From PIA – May 22

OK, not for all gardens, of course. I’m in love with perennials, shrubs and trees, not to mention houseplants, mosses, lichens and…well, you get the idea. But there are times when annuals are indeed the solution.

I have an area at the end of the driveway, just before the […]