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Archive for September, 2010

A Little Dab’ll Do Ya

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 30 There are some plant that I refer to as Brylcreem plants. They are the ones that explode in the garden: a little dab’ll do ya indeed. Licorice plant, Helichrysum petiolare is just such an annual. This  licorice plant that’s climbing up, no attempting to devour,  a Harry [...]

Successful Plantings

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 29 I was talking to a friend recently who said that I must have felt overwhelmed when we moved to Poison Ivy Acres…dealing with a blank slate and all. As I look at what we’ve done in just three years, it is pretty astounding. Some of the gardens [...]

Form And Function

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 28 There are times when something functional is also highly ornamental. Watering cans and terracotta flowerpots fall into this category. Baskets too, but usually not hoses and sprinklers. I think that a common clamming basket, as is or adorned, is perfect in the garden, form and function. They [...]

When It Magically Comes Together

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 27 I remember about a time when a fellow master gardener told me that she was delighted at how a particular planting looked in June. In front of a wall covered by variegated Euonymus and flowering Clematis, the tulips and wallflowers she’d planted were perfectly complimentary in colors [...]

Small Bouquets

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 26 When I went into the kitchen to make coffee this morning I found a bowl of freshly picked raspberries and a small bouquet on the cutting board. My husband was up earlier than I, and had picked the berries and made the bouquet for me. This small [...]

Drama & Discovery

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 25 I appreciated Seth Godin’s brief blog post today. He wrote, “People are moved by stories and drama and hints and clues and discovery. Logic is a battering ram, one that might work if your case is overwhelming. Wal-Mart won by logic (cheap!), but you probably won’t.” Seth [...]

Patience & Love

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 24 A couple of weeks ago I was impatient about how my Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Spring Grove’ was doing. A few days later I’m apologizing to this plant. It’s glorious right now, and I love this plant. You need to have enough room for Lespedeza because it’s a spreader. [...]

Taking It All To Heart

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 23 At this time of year the garden is still in full flower, but the nights are cooler and there is the sense that it’s all slowing down. Although I was able to find a few squash and some broccoli for dinner, and there are still tomatoes to [...]

Back To Nature

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 22 Two recent interactions have me thinking about how home-landscapers need to start paying more attention to the natural world. Last Sunday I presented a pruning seminar at the garden center and as usual there were quite a few “off topic” questions. One attendee remarked that if an [...]

Top 10 Things I Learned From My Last Garden

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 21 My friend Jessica Small, from Small Gardens in West Harwich, just sent me some photos of my last garden. They were taken at least ten years ago when my property was on a church garden tour. Seeing these pictures prompted me to think about how that garden [...]