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Archive for April, 2012

Places To Plant

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 30 On Saturday I planted over 150 perennials. In the past two weeks I’ve gotten treasures from Digging Dog Nursery, Avant Gardens, Plant Delights Nursery, Skagit Gardens, Forest Farm, Bluestone Perennials and Munchkin Nursery delivered to my door…my cup runneth over. So Saturday was planting day, and with the [...]

Deer

A Verse for the Cursed

Oh Dandelion, I watch you grow And wonder why we hate you so Your cheerful yellow flowers sing In celebration, “See? It’s spring!” You’re very hardy there’s no doubt You grow in cold or wet or drought Yet most will hate you in the lawn And so the battle lines are drawn People snub and [...]

The Spa in Your Backyard

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 26 I worked out this morning in the best gym and spa in the Northeast. I lifted weights, got my heart rate up for extended periods, and did many squats over a three-hour period. Some of the time I was focused on my body, but there were periods of [...]

Once You Start Looking

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 25 It might seem like what is blooming in the garden in late-April is nothing compared with the summer to come. Those who love to cut flowers and bring them indoors might already be dreaming of zinnias and dahlias, and planning to plant a cutting garden. Fair enough, but [...]

Where the Light Falls

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 24 Whenever I speak to a conference where there are feedback forms to be filled out, I usually ask to receive the results. Although most attendees tend to fill these reviews out in the most general terms, some get more specific, and this is useful information for the presenter. [...]

Spring, Again and Again

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 22 Driving from the Cape to NYC yesterday was like traveling two to three weeks into the future in a four-hour drive. In southern Massachusetts the trees are just breaking dormancy, and the first-to-bloom shrubs are still vibrant. Yellow forsythias and purple PJM Rhododendrons draw the eye while the [...]

As I See It

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 19

Wordless Wednesday

 

I’m Behind!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 17 The weather in the Northeast has been beyond balmy. Monday and Tuesday were warmer than many days in June. Those who love summer are thrilled, but gardeners feel panicked. Eighty-degree temperatures tell us that we should be way beyond spring cleanup…we should be planting big annuals, vegetables and [...]