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Archive for January, 2011


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 31 I have an unfortunate tendency to horde photographs. Oh, I’m not talking about old family photos in shoeboxes, I’m talking about digital images in my photo library. There are far, far too many near duplicates and slightly-out-of-focus (so probably unusable) shots taking up memory on my computer. [...]

Needing Greenery

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 29 Today was Cabin Fever Day at The Garden Center. The promotional graphic for this event said, “Need to get out?” Yes, we’ve all been more housebound because of the snow and ice. I think, however, that it isn’t that we need to leave our homes so much [...]

Toward Pleasure & Away From Pain

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 28 This coming week I’m speaking about consultation/garden coaching services at New England Grows, a trade show in Boston. As I practice this talk one point that I repeatedly come back to is that people move toward pleasure and away from pain. As a garden speaker/writer/radio host, this [...]

A Sense of Humor

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 27 The driveway is a sheet of ice and the banks of snow are so high that if there is another significant storm I won’t be able to pull my car out of the driveway. But, the dog is so cute as he dashes around in the white [...]

Bad Clothing

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 26 I’ve heard that the Norwegians have a saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. As I put on fleece-lined rubber boots, a long down coat, a woolen scarf, hat and gloves and go out in the snow to walk The Dog, I [...]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 25 Today I went into the garden center to prepare for upcoming events and boy was I glad that I did. It wasn’t the planning or work on flyers that was so wonderful, but a trip to the greenhouse. It snowed today, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow and [...]

Attracting Bluebirds

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 24 A flock of bluebirds has decided that my backyard is the place to be right now. From 7 AM to 5 PM they’re on the birdfeeder, perched on the arbor near the suet or sipping water from the birdbath. They’re probably staying close because it’s very cold [...]

The Gift Of Early Morning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 23 Since I became an adult, no one would accuse me of being a “morning person.” Just ask my husband. I am not one of the up-at-the-crack-of-dawn-and-loving-it types. This morning, however, The Dog gave me the gift of an early morning. I just wish he hadn’t done it [...]

Kids Playing Outdoors

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 21 When I was in college, I frequently passed by a poster hung on a professor’s office door. The photo showed a child bursting out of a school building, and the bold caption said, “The Real Classroom is Outdoors: Get Into It.”  At the time, I thought it [...]

A Tale of Two Boxwoods

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 20 Two years ago I added some evergreens to the entry garden. This former-lawn stretches from the end of the driveway across the front of the house and is bordered on two sides by a lovely stonewall. Since the combination of lavender-blue, coral, yellow and white makes me [...]