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Color’s Bustin’ Out All Over

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 30

When the spring blooming plants finally break into flower after winter’s grays the bright colors lift our hearts. Well, most of our hearts anyway. The appreciation of color varies from individual to individual. I remember hearing one woman saying that she didn’t like the time when the […]

Could It Be?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 29

I spent the day at a local elementary school talking about plants with six first grade classes. Six classes, in case you missed it the first time. You know how they say that dog years are equivalent to seven years in human terms? Well I’m here to […]

Spacing Plants In The Garden

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 28

I read a tweet tonight that was reminding people to space their plants to allow for future growth. I have blogged and spoken about the same topic many times, and yet recently I’ve come to think about spacing in another way.

Yes, if you think about the […]

A Closer Look

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 27

It’s so exciting to watch the perennial garden wake up in the spring. Plants that looked winter-worn or dormant two weeks ago are putting on daily growth. Only the most heat-loving perennials such as the hardy hibiscus are taking their time to emerge.

From a distance perennial […]

Impulse Purchase

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 25

For an out-of-control plant person like myself, spring is downright dangerous. Temptation waits in catalogs, on line, and most especially at garden centers. Walking though the perennial section or nursery at this time of year is just asking for trouble.

And today I succumbed. I need a […]

Planting Hope & Faith

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 24

I confess that from the beginning of February to mid-April I’m orderning plants online. Some of these fall into the “I’ve always wanted one of these,” category and others are impulse purchases. In March I may read an article about a particular plant and think, “This sounds […]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener

The gardens are just waking up. Last week’s rains and some temperatures in the high 50’s have worked their magic. Trees have tiny leaves or swelling buds, and we can almost see the perennials grow. Walking around Poison Ivy Acres with my camera, I appreciate this new growth, certainly, but […]

The Gift of Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 21

I understand that not everyone loves to work outdoors. There was a consultation customer that made this clear when she said, “I just want to start this off by telling you that for me, a good time gardening is when I put the golf clubs in the […]

Saving Them From Themselves

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 20

I saw a planting today that I periodically drive by, and I remembered that some eighteen years ago this bed contained the blue flowering Rhododendron ‘Starry Night’. This reminded me of the time a woman came into the garden center and asked if we had this shrub.


Here Kid, Try Some of These

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 18

I think you’ll be interested in these. Will they get you high? Absolutely. But you don’t swallow, smoke or snort them up your nose…that doesn’t do it. For the ultimate trip, you put these into soil. Yes, place them directly into the dirt. Doing anything else with […]