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Archive for November, 2010

That Extra Expression of Thanks

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 30 I got a package of amaryllis bulbs from White Flower Farm today. They were sent as a thank you for having Barbara Pierson, the nursery manager, on GardenLine recently. It was a nice surprise, and got me thinking about the value of a thank you that goes [...]

The Satisfactions of a Challenge

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 29 The score so far is Squirrels: 4, My Husband: 0. And before I explain I should acknowledge that every gardener loves a challenge. We want to produce the first ripe tomato in our region, cultivate tropical plants in cold climates and successfully grow a stand of Himalayan [...]

X-Factor Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 28 Once again a post from Lois has stimulated my thinking. In her comment two days ago, she said that her philosophy of Cultivating The Inner Gardener “evolved from trying to figure out what the X-factor was in certain gardens that seemed to resonate with everyone who entered [...]

An Ending Is Also A Beginning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 27 Last week I got two packages of seeds in the mail. This end-of-the-current-season/early-next-season-order was spurred by the arrival of the Plant World Seeds catalog. I initially went to their catalog and website to look for Banana Custard Verbascum seeds. I grew this two years ago, and it [...]

Gardening From The Inside Out

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 26 Yesterday Lois commented that it seemed like I’ve been gardening “from the inside out for quite a while.” I was immediately taken with her wording. Gardening from the inside out. Hmmmm… To garden from the inside out would mean starting with the personal or the spiritual I’m [...]

A Thank You Note To My Gardens

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 24 Dear Gardens, Yesterday I was reminded that sending you a note of appreciation is long overdue. Your presence in my life has been so constant and meaningful that it’s difficult to know where to start. When I was a child you welcomed me completely. You let me [...]

A Thank You Note To Leah Dieterich et al

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 23 This morning I discovered a delightful blog: Thx Thx Thx – a thank you note a day. It’s written by Leah Dieterich, and she’s one of those people who balance out the craziness I was lamenting yesterday. Just when I start to think that the country is [...]

Violets In The Mountains

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 22 Gina, a regular reader of this blog, sent me a lovely email awhile back, and the subject line was from the play Camino Real by Tennessee Williams: “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.” “How appropriate to C.L.’s writing!” Gina wrote, and I was touched [...]

A Change of Plans

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 21 I got a phone call the other day from someone who had his sights on a hedge of leatherleaf Viburnum. He wanted to see those large, textured, shiny leaves all winter. “That plant might live thought the winter here,” I told him, “but to tell the truth, [...]

Bending Birch

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 20 The birch tree between the house and the lake was curved when we moved to Poison Ivy Acres four years ago. “Kind of funky…” we said, and left it alone. Since I went to high school in the 1960’s, Robert Frost’s Birches came immediately to mind, although [...]