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Archive for March, 2011

Denial

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 31 It’s snowing, again. Still. I’ve decided to ignore it. Instead, I’m focusing on a talk that I’m giving at the Eastham Senior Center tomorrow morning. The topic will be, Give Me More Color!, and we’ll look at plants that deliver just that, be it through foliage or [...]

Having Fun With Plants

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 30 As I was putting photos up on the garden center’s website today I realized that lately I haven’t written enough about the importance of having fun with plants. The photos of those who participated in the terrarium workshop reminded me of how significant an enjoyable project like [...]

There’s Always Something New

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 29 There’s always a plant, skill, person, or resource to discover. We have the opportunity all year, each season and every day to learn something new. Do we approach this wealth by being overwhelmed with the vastness of what we do not yet know? Or do we choose [...]

Good Buds

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 28 My Belgica honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’) is filled with swollen buds that catch the light of the setting sun. Once again my heart is captured by this plant. I love this variety of honeysuckle because it blooms throughout the summer as long as I clip off spent [...]

Ready To Wear?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 27 I was looking at a gardening book on Amazon today and as usual, they had other suggestions for me in the “Home, Garden & Pets” category. Among the other gardening items was this dress. Hmmmm… was this included because it is the latest in gardening garb, or [...]

Earth Hour Tonight

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 26 Come on…it’s just one hour. On Saturday March 26th, from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, you’re invited to turn off all the power you can in your household. This means shutting down lights, computers, kitchen appliances and yes, your television. An hour of darkness during prime time [...]

Pansies In The Snow

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 24 They call a spring snow “poor man’s fertilizer” because the flakes pick up nitrogen from the air as they fall, and then melting quickly, deposit that element into the soil. Thanks for trying to save me money, Mother Nature, but really…at this time of year I’d just [...]

Found

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 22 The theme for today seems to be things found. Or maybe rubbish, repurposed. Gardeners tend to be good at turning trash into treasure. We pick up odd metal items and use them as garden ornaments, fashion plant tags out of old venetian blinds and plant succulents in [...]

Smothering The Grass

  Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 20 I did a seminar on Alternatives To Lawn at the garden center today and one of the things we talked about was how to get rid of the grass. You can cut it into strips and roll it up à la sod or rototill it under. [...]

Wrong Plant, Wrong Place

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 18 I spoke to a delightful group today at the Harwich Community Center. As I walked into the main entrance my attention was grabbed by several lines of boxwood. They drew my interest because most of them were an unattractive orange brown. “This,” I thought to myself, “is [...]