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To Pick or Not To Pick

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 30

That’s the question. With the recent warm weather the peonies are popping. I could cut a dozen fragrant bouquets, and in fact, have already gathered half that many and filled vases that perfume the house. But I’m always a bit torn. Do I cut as many flowers as […]

Of Cutting Gardens and Comfort Zones

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 28

I picked a large bouquet from the cutting garden today and was reminded about something important. Intending to bring in a bunch of fragrant peonies, I went to the cutting garden and gathered some of the ‘Top Brass’ and ‘Cora Stubbs’ that are in bloom.

I also cut […]

But I WANT It!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 26

We plant lovers can be overly optimistic bordering on the delusional. But if gardeners are smart, they learn to work with the conditions they’ve got. Oh sure, people will try to grow full sun plants in the shade, or buy marginally hardy plants and expect them to thrive. […]

The Payoff

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 25

Sometimes things work, and occasionally they surpass our expectations. When I sprinkled the Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Raven’s Wing’ seeds in the area to the right of the ‘Minuta’ dwarf white pine, I hoped that a few would grow. The purple foliage of this perennial is worth growing all by […]

Speaking About The Joy of Processes

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 22

A garden pretty much demands that we humans embrace change, but unfortunately we spend a great deal of time fighting it. People want perennials that bloom all summer and shrubs that start at the right size and then stay that way…if they could have them evergreen too that […]


Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 21

At this time of year when people are plant shopping, they often ask why this or that variety isn’t available in cell packs. “If they can grow marigolds in a six pack,” they wonder, “why aren’t all annuals available this way?”

The answer usually is that those plants […]

Planting Old Watering Cans

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 19

I planted my cans with moss, but you could use low Sedum or assorted succulents if they are going to be placed in full sun.

Like most such displays, having five or seven makes a better show.

Fill the cans one third full of rocks. This […]

When Difficulties Spur Creation

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 17

My dog loves to lay in cool, moist dirt. He’ll go into a shady spot and dig into the ground to expose the fresh, damp soil and happily lay down there…no matter what plants I’ve carefully placed and tended in that area. He’s such a dog!

One spot […]

Utterly Utilitarian, Completely Pleasing

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 16

I took the camera into the garden yesterday and spent quite a bit of time finding the right angle, distance and composition for the shots I took. Many plants are coming into flower or are spilling over with the vitality of spring growth. The air almost crackles with […]

Within Reach

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 15

Sometimes simplifying isn’t a question of having less, but a matter of better preparation. I like knowing that a trowel, knife or pair of scissors is close at hand, no matter what part of the garden I’m in. This requires some advance planning and the willingness to have […]