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Archive for September, 2011

Planting and Planning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 30 Today was one of those wonderful fall days: warm but not humid, with all the landscape refreshed from yesterday’s rain. We savor such weather at this time of year, knowing that the mild temperatures, and the plants that continue to thrive, won’t be around much longer. As I [...]

Recipe For Pruning, Continued

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 29 Now for the photos that go with the pruning recipe posted yesterday. This post was in response to a talk I gave at the North Shore Horticultural Society in Manchester, MA on Tuesday. Although people said that they loved my talk, I came away wishing that I’d started [...]

A Recipe For Pruning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 28 Approach most plants with by-pass pruners only. Cut out all dead wood first. Do this at any time. Remove it all. Repeat to yourself, “If it’s dead, it’s gone!” Look for any stems that are weak, misshapen, obviously diseased or otherwise funky. Cut these out by following them [...]

Expecting The Unexpected

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 26 It was a summer day, no matter what the calendar said. Very warm, humid, with bright sunshine that illuminated the annuals that haven’t really thrived until now. That Mandevilla vine that should have reached the top of the arbor in August is just now showing it’s full potential. [...]

Buds That Don’t Open

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 25 I have a White Chiffon rose of Sharon that I love, except for one tiny habit…it self seeds prolifically. Not all rose of Sharon do this. For fifteen years I grew a double flowering pink variety that didn’t produce any offspring at all. This white one, however, manufactures [...]

Plant Lushly

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 23 There are advantages to thickly planted landscapes/lives. You have a weaving together of flowers and foliage, certainly, and the rich appearance that this brings. There are also fewer weeds since the ground is filled and shaded with those plants you’ve chosen. As the growing season winds down I’m [...]

Plants As Family

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 21 When I was writing my monthly column for Angie’s List Magazine recently I interviewed Madeline, of Madeline, Paws and Claws Pet Sitter. This article, due out in the December issue of AL Magazine, is about arranging for the care of plants when going on vacation. What stuck me [...]

More Than Once

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 20 Last Saturday when more than 400 people toured my gardens, I heard this comment several times. “Oh…it’s an annual.” The last word was said with a downturn of the voice implying extreme disappointment. Now, I love my perennials, and frequently champion my favorite varieties. Shrubs and trees aside, [...]

The Birds

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 19 When I got back to the house today I found the flock of turkeys making themselves at home. They were bedded down in the field between the house and the lake, and they sat on lawn furniture up near the house. When I went out to water the [...]

Making Room

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 18 Two plants that generated the most questions and comments from visitors to my garden on Saturday were the ‘King Tut’ Papyrus in the large pots by my entry garden and the Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Spring Grove’. Both of these are large plants with a fountain-like habit. “You have to [...]