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Archive for December, 2010

2011 Dreams

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 31 My friend Phil G shot this photo in New York City. Clearly, you go into the store dreaming of seeing a 99 cent price tag. So a New Year’s Eve chuckle for all my devoted readers, and the following New Year’s wishes: 1. May you find a [...]

Garden Rooms

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 30 Dividing a property into a series of “garden rooms” offers many advantages. Smaller properties will appear larger and big landscapes are made more intimate. Different spaces allow the gardener to experiment with assorted plant and color combinations and still have that area look unified and complete. Garden [...]

When a Weed is Not a Weed

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 29 One of my garden missions for the coming year is to cover ground. I have far too many stretches of mulch in this three year-old garden, and these areas need to be filled with communities of plants. Although I want to fill these areas, I don’t want [...]

Bearing Fruit

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 28 On Christmas day I picked one of the Meyer lemons (Citrus × meyeri) off of the tree in the kitchen and made a Meyer lemon risotto for dinner. The Meyer lemon is commonly grown as a potted, ornamental tree in China, and it’s thought to be a [...]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 27 I’m almost two weeks out from my hip replacement operation, and although things are going well, I am limited in what I can do. The rounds of exercises, icing, and elevating the leg are time consuming and tiring. And then there’s the weather. A nor’easter hit yesterday, [...]

Gardens And…

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 23 When I first heard about Garden & Gun magazine, I thought it was a joke. What are the articles about, I wondered…deadheading daffodils from 300 feet? Slug control as target practice? Turns out to be a legitimate lifestyle magazine that combines food, entertainment, gardening, and hunting, all [...]

The Uninteresting, Untended & Ever-Changing

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 22 I got a letter from my friend and fellow writer Charlie Pendergast today, and learned of his appreciation for weeping junipers (Juniperus scopulorum ‘Tolleson’s Blue Weeping’). He remarked about the way people can either love or dislike a plant, saying that he found Oleander totally uninteresting because [...]

Working With The Weather

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 20 Are gardeners better able to be adaptable in other areas of life because we’re used to working with the weather? Or are we more flexible by nature, and therefore more likely to stick with gardening despite the various uncertainties, climatic and otherwise? Some people really like a [...]

Gardening in The Garage

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 13 Despite my post yesterday where I was exulting about still being able to pick veggies from the garden, winter is really, truly here. Tomorrow night is predicted to be only 17 degrees in my region. It’s time for gardeners to adjust and make do. So I took [...]

Little Miracles

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 12 Here we are, firmly in winter and on the slippery slope to 2011, and we are still eating out of the garden. While discussing the evening’s dinner menu, my husband and I saw some leftover curried rise and uncooked tofu in the fridge and agreed that a [...]