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Gardening By Heart – Part 4

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 21

When we learn something “by heart” it’s usually as a result of living with it, or consciously repeating it, over and over. Time is spent with that action, knowledge or truth, and subsequently we know it deeply.

If we garden by heart we acknowledge that we’re willing […]

What Does It Bring To The Party?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 19

Because I run a consultation service for a local garden center, I’m frequently on a client’s property, giving feedback about the landscaping. Sometimes they’ve hired me because they’re unhappy with how things are and they’re ready to make a change. In other instances the client says, “Just […]

Gardening By Heart – Part 3

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 18

Everything is connected to everything else. Yes, I’m back to this simple truth. From Joyce’s comment on my post of 10-15 to my current visit to help my mother in Wisconsin, I’m once again struck with how we plant with heart, in all aspects of our lives.


A Pause In Planting?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 17

I don’t know about the rest of you who plant in cold climates, but I’m happy that I can’t garden twelve months a year. Yes, I’m sorry to see the vegetables and annuals go, and I will miss the flowers. But it’s pleasing to be able to […]

Timing is Flexible

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 16

The temperatures are dropping steadily, so today we brought a good number of our potted plants inside. Houseplants that had been sent to “summer camp”, tender succulents, tropical varieties, and Meyer lemon trees all came indoors for the winter.

I’d intended to repot some of these plants […]

Saving Seeds

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 15

Today I cut some stems of seeds from my Jewels of Opar, (Talinum paniculatum) which I brought indoors and put in a paper envelope. Every year I save some of the seedpods so that I can use them to start new plants next year. Occasionally this annual […]

Gardening By Heart – Part 2

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 14

There are many things that we do because we have to. Few of us would pay taxes, shovel our driveways or even brush our teeth if we weren’t obligated to do so. Some things demand our attention and expedience but not our hearts.

I’ll admit that not […]

Gardening By Heart

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 13

Did you ever have a phrase or a word just pop into your mind without understanding why? I believe such expressions are a gift, from God/the universe/the collective unconsciousness/spirit, whatever you want to call that creative force that is constantly feeding us inspiration. We can pay attention […]

Bad Pruning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 12

I spoke to two delightful garden clubs today, and touched on pruning practices in both talks. Truth be told, pruning is a topic that could fill two or three meetings and at least one on-site demonstration if you want to do it right. Or make it clear. […]

What’s In My Heart Today

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 11

Every gardener should leave his or her garden for a week once in awhile. If you’ve gone on vacation during the growing season, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that things change so much in just seven days. In a short time some plants […]