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Archive for October, 2010

What Grows In The Cracks

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 31 As I walked up the steps that lead from the lake to my gardens I noticed once again the plants that thrived among these stones. Alyssum, Verbena bonariensis, Leucanthemum vulgare and Nicotiana mutibilis have thrived here, and softened this walkway all summer. Such areas remind us that [...]

At What Price Protection?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 30 I got a request for my opinion about winter protection from the All Experts site today. A new home owner wanted to know if he needed to wrap his evergreens in burlap for the winter as the previous owners had done. I explained that yes, there may [...]

Appreciating The Patchwork

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 29 There are some days when nothing special happens, but if we stop to appreciate each piece of the patchwork, a beautiful quilt is revealed. From the way the light streams through the woodland behind the stack of pumpkins early in the morning, to the one small, pathetic [...]

Seasons Are Fleeting

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 28 Yesterday the swamp maple (Acer rubrum) in the back of my house was ablaze with yellow leaves. Today, half of those leaves are gone and those that remain are withered and edged with brown. Yesterday my heart was lifted by how golden the landscape was…today, not so [...]

Seed Awareness

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 27 Am I the only one who gets busy and assumes that things are growing just fine in my life, only to be brought up short by someone misunderstanding what I’ve done or said? I get focused on my own problems, desires and all-that-needs-to-be-done somehow thinking that others [...]

Impressive Plants

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 26 Here it is, almost November, and the front garden still looks pretty damn good. Sure, there are some things that are looking tired (Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee’) or completely spent (Persicaria polymorpha)… but there are enough plants that look handsome even in their end-of-season decline that I love [...]

Gardening By Heart – Part 5

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – Part 5 I was speaking with someone the other day about the current interest in growing organic food. Local produce and healthy, fresh vegetables are hot, and we gardeners applaud this trend. “Something else will be trendy next year, and people will forget about gardening,” was this person’s take [...]

Want To Feel Better? Go Outside.

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 24 When I was in Wisconsin recently, visiting my mother, she told me about a time when she wasn’t feeling well. One of my brothers said, “Just go outside, Mom.” Great advice. She went outdoors and walked herself, in a wheelchair, up and down the driveway and she [...]

Falling Into The Garden

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 23 After I finished GardenLine and packed up my headphones this morning, I passed the folks who were coming in to do the real estate program on WXTK. One of their guests commented that she knew that gardeners hate the fall. I’m sure she was just making friendly [...]

Beyond Low-Maintenance Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 22 Way beyond. Which is contrary to what an aging population of baby boomers, or the Gen X and Y parents of small children might want. But as garden writers, speakers, radio hosts, Master Gardeners and just plain dig-in-the-dirt people, we need to start being completely honest. Because [...]