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Archive for August, 2011

Some Gardens Are Just TOO Packed

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 31 And mine has been way to crowded this month. Not my landscape, you understand, but my life’s garden. My son’s wedding, a wonderful GWA symposium in Indiana, hurricane cleanup and getting ready for Jesse and Maya’s wedding in September. Not to mention the regular writing/speaking/radio/garden center gigs [...]

Being Here Now

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 29 As you know from my facebook entries and tweets, I’m all about new connections. Ambient awareness and instant communications are great. Often. But not always. I have been in Indianapolis at the annual meeting of the Garden Writers Association for the past five days. We’ve been on [...]

Places Shrink

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 26 I’m not the first one to remark on how the places from your childhood shrink as you get older. If you’ve returned to an old house, school or landscape you know what I mean. When I picture the street I lived on in the late 1950’s, it [...]

Year of the Rabbit

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 23 It’s the Year of the Rabbit in more ways than one. First, according to the Chinese Zodiac it’s the Year of the Hare, and secondly, because according to gardeners and homeowners in the Northeast, rabbits have been especially abundant. It seems that they have bred like, well, [...]

Flowers Everywhere

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 21 I’m sure you know how it feels to tackle a project you’ve been putting off, and finally getting an area cleaned or organized. That’s how I felt this weekend as I devoted a good amount of time to clearing out the piles of clutter in my office. [...]

I Heart Carola Potatoes

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 18 We harvested potatoes tonight, and like every year, the Carola is the variety that is most impressive. This yellow flesh potato produces a large crop, and has excellent flavor. Carolas are best baked or fried, although I’ve boiled for potato salad and provided you don’t overcook them, [...]

Taking Chances

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 17 So what do you think…are gardeners more willing to take chances? Is this true only in the landscape or does their willingness to explore possibilities without regard to likely outcomes extends into the rest of their lives? Your thoughts are, as always, welcomed. This is on my [...]

Welcome Home

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 16 Anyone who has a vegetable garden knows that if you go away for a week in August all hell breaks loose. You leave a few baby summer squash on the plants and come home to zucchinis that are suitable for door stops, baseball bats or murder weapons. [...]

Mother of the Groom

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 14th Just a few photos from Simon and Rachel’s wedding. It was a great day: the weather was perfect, the bride beautiful, the groom handsome, and the party so much fun.  We’re all exhausted! More later.

To Each His Own

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 13