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Winter Flowers

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 12

On Friday a box arrived from Battenfeld’s Farm in Red Hook, NY. Inside were bunches of Anemones and Ranunculus, a gift from my husband for Valentine’s Day.

Battenfeld’s Farm has been raising cut flowers in New York’s Hudson Valley for over 100 years. When we lived in […]

Planting Just For Fun

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 11

Sometimes we plant in order to harvest food or to grow something beautiful, but sometimes we decide to cultivate something just for the pleasure of doing it. For several weeks I’ve been saving subject lines from the spam emails that clog my inbox, thinking that at some […]

Planning Ahead

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 10

This is the time of year when gardeners start to plan for the coming season. Let me rephrase… this is the time of year when we’re longing to go nuts. Plants, ornaments, sculptures…I love them. I want them all. When on facebook tonight I see that Shawna […]

Perspective, Continued

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 9

In preparation for an upcoming talk I was going through my photo library today, and I decided that it should be mandatory for every gardener to review photographs periodically. During the gardening season, when everything is happening all at once, it’s impossible to stand back and gain […]

Comfort and Connections

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 8

Life is always rich, although some of what contributes to that fullness is admittedly difficult. Winter seems to stretch on and on, and my husband and I deal with the stresses of living with a parent with dementia. All of this is balanced by good friends, satisfying […]

Adaptability

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 6

If there is one word that summed up the past week for me, it would be the title of this post. The past seven days were spent adjusting to changes in weather, speaking schedules, volunteer commitments and family needs. Snowstorms, mistakes in meeting-time listings, and a mother-in-law […]

Focused Passions

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 4

I was just at the New England Grows trade show and I enjoyed talking to so many people who were passionate about growth. Whether they were cultivating plants, new products, or customers, people were excited about progress. It was great to be surrounded by such focused passion.

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Low-Maintenance Perennials

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 1

I am up at New England Grows in Boston, and the weather has prevented some speakers from arriving. I offered to replace the scheduled speaker for the talk on Low-Maintenance Perennials on Wednesday, but at this late hour they won’t have time to print my handout. So […]