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Archive for March, 2012

The Full Experience

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 28 It’s been a difficult week so far. No need to go into details, but there have been several occasions cope and a few to mourn or rejoice. Highs and lows. Being alive means having to deal with death and suffering and there are periods when tragedy and difficulties [...]

Moss Rocks!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 27 One of the subjects I address in my most popular garden club talk is moss growth. The myth is that moss in your lawn means that you need to add lime. The truth is that moss is an equal opportunity lawn-colonizer…it’s happy to grow on acidic or alkaline [...]

Wedding or Not, Inspiration Comes

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 26 Usually I keep my two blogs at Whole Life Gardening and Garden Wedding Expert pretty separate. The former, as regular followers know, is intended to celebrate the garden and how it is connected to everything else in our lives. The latter celebrates garden weddings and offers tips to [...]

The Ability To Root And Grow

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 25 I’ve admitted in the past that I’m a sucker for Salix. There’s something about most willows that captures my heart. Over the past week I’ve been struck by how beautiful the black pussy willows are. They are in bloom, and the transformation from fuzzy to pollen covered is [...]

Conditions For Growth

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 22 After several days of unusually warm weather the garden is starting to explode. I could practically watch the daylilies grow higher and seeds begin to sprout. Unfortunately, we’ve had little rainfall in the past three weeks so soils are dry. I’ve spent the past three days positioning sprinklers, [...]

Rescue

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 21 I’ve featured my bamboo cloches in this blog before so you know how much I love them. Imagine how upset I was when one blew away last week after a night of very strong winds. Despite the weights and ties, one basket broke free and disappeared. I looked [...]

Daffodils Dishing the Dirt

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 21 One of the talks I give is titled If Plants Could Talk.  To be truthful, I’m glad that every plant in my landscape isn’t giving me a piece of its mind when I walk out the door. But there are many who would be well served to think [...]

Driving People To The Garden

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 19 My husband was on Long Island this morning and spotted what can only be described as a veggie-mobile. Knowing I would love it, he took pictures. The photos alone are enough, of course, but as usual they stimulate other thoughts. First we must appreciate the creativity required to [...]

Making the Most of March

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 18 In the northeast, March is a tough month. Even after a mild winter, and even when it’s warmer than normal, we’re all longing for spring. The landscape can’t green up fast enough, right? We can’t control the weather or hurry the seasons but we can plan and plant [...]

The Appeal of Pinterest

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 17 Molly Galdston introduced me to Pinterest at our New Year’s gathering and I was instantly hooked. It’s all about the visuals and for any gardener, Visuals-R-Us. This new pictorial social networking website reminds me of the time when my friend Debbie Leach and I would make our own [...]