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Treasure Awaits

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 28

I spent the day on Nantucket, and had a wonderful time speaking at Bartlett’s Farm. I was wowed by Bartlett’s growing operation (veggies, herbs, and garden plants), impressed and thrilled to see Chris and Bob Hestwood’s gardens, and pleased beyond measure with the window boxes in town. […]

Perennial Pruning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 26

The last week in June is the time to cut many early-flowering perennials down to the ground. Nepeta, oxeye daisies, Salvia, and occasionally lady’s mantle get a Marine Corps haircut. I’m less strict with peonies and Baptisia, since their foliage remains attractive without such drastic pruning. I’m […]

Wedding Flowers Part 2

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 25

It was a beautiful day.

The table arrangements looked great…

Bridesmaid's bouquets came out well – and went with all of their multi-colored dresses.

The flower girl liked her crown…

I did a few larger pieces for misc places such as the place […]

Wedding Flowers – Part 1

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 23

I spent the day working on the table arrangements for Kate’s wedding. Here are my thoughts, after completing 45 of the 60 centerpieces.

I don’t know how any professional florist manages unless he/she has a full time massage therapist on staff. My upper back is killing me. […]

I Don’t Want Violets

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 22

Three are eight plug-trays on the ground outside of my garden shed, filled with young plants that I’ve started from seed. Two varieties of Verbascum, two cultivars of Prunella, some Lisianthus and three ground-cover type perennials await planting. For the past two weeks I’ve felt guilty as […]

Xtremely Disappointing

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 20

So we’re having a wedding at Poison Ivy Acres in September, right? And the bride has picked lilac as her main color, which allows me to go crazy with multi-shades of purple in the landscape. Those who know me realize that one of my oft-repeated sayings is, […]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 18

Do you know the song Popular from the musical Wicked? This tune was running through my head after a facebook conversation with Barry Glick of Sunshine Farm and Gardens. I sent him a message via fb asking about the name of a plant that I got from […]

Being Greeted By Beauty

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 17

I arrived home from work the other night, drained and tired, and was greeted by my entry garden.

When someone says, “Gardening takes too much work,” or “How do you find the time?” I’ll try to remember this. Coming home to a beautiful garden is the […]

A Fresh Look at Snow Peas

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 16

Earlier this season I bought two packs of different varieties of sugar snap peas. I planted one package on one of our reinforcement wire walls and the other packet on the other. The seeds on the lower fencing sprang up quickly and there was nearly a hundred […]

Playing Favorites With Plants

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 15

June is the month when my honeysuckle vines shine. I’m especially partial to varieties of Lonicera periclymenum, commonly known as woodbine. This vine is native to Great Britain and unlike other honeysuckles, doesn’t seem prone to mildew.

I love how fragrant these are…on a warm summer night, […]