Mailing List Sign Up

Try a Tiny Taste…

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 30

When people tour my garden for the first time one flower in particular catches their eye. “Oh, what is this?” they ask. It’s interesting that the Emilia javanica ‘Scarlet Magic’ draws them because it’s one of the smallest flowers in my gardens. Not only is it small, but […]

Mood Cultivation

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 28

My husband and I have two vegetable gardens. Before we came to Poison Ivy Acres we rented a plot in a community garden because we didn’t have enough sun or space to grow veggies in our yard. Once we moved and had enough room for a large vegetable […]

Even A Small Garden…

can produce a feast.

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 24 I love the time of year when we can come home and pick dinner. The new potatoes are ready, the chard is thick, the beans and summer squash are prolific and we’re picking several tomatoes per day. Heaven.

Last night I made a summer […]


Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 22

We arrived home from Italy to find an outbreak of weeds and beans. Crabgrass, purslane and carpetweed have not only appeared in the ten days we’ve been gone, but they’ve all grown to dinner plate size plants in that time. It’s as if someone has thrown weed bombs […]

The Best Vine…

for the job may not be a vine at all.

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 20th

“What vine do you have growing on your shed?” visitors ask. “That’s not a vine,” I reply, “it’s a blackberry.” We are growing the Doyle’s Thornless Blackberry on the west side of the shed, but the fifteen-to-twenty foot […]

A Lift-My-Heart Garden

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 16

If I had a magic wand I’d give everyone a garden to come home to.

One of the nicest things, I think, is to come home and see a collection of plants that you love. It lifts your heart at the time of day when you’re […]

Selling You On Gardening

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 13

“Why do all the catalogs publish pictures of plants that look so beautiful?” a customer once asked me. “Why don’t they show you how the rose bush looks after the beetles have gotten to it, or how my annuals looked after a hail storm?”

I was sure that […]

When To Plant

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 10

It is mid-summer and the weather is hot. No matter, I’m still planting. Some early-flowering perennials have been cut to the ground now that their flowers have faded. Given this treatment most of these plants will grow new foliage that is smaller and so the plants will remain […]

Cocktail Hour Plants

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – July 8

Look at your landscape as the sun sets. Where does the light fall? If there is a place on your property that is illuminated by the setting sun, you need a Cocktail Hour Garden. This is the area where plants will be backlit and you can sit with […]

We Can Grow This!

Gardeners learn to be flexible. Hopefully. Please. I am at the Perennial Plant Association meeting and am called upon to be flexible at this moment. I had placed the box of 400 handouts on the dresser in the hotel last night, so that I knew that I couldn’t forget them for my talk today. Unfortunately, […]