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The Best of Whole Life Gardening

Which would be, of course, you. The best of Whole Life Gardening is all the people who have followed this blog over the past few years. I am grateful to you beyond measure…and we’ve had fun, haven’t we?

Now I’m planting new gardens: a link to that new site will be posted here soon. Today, […]


This is a photo taken of my front garden in the evening. I love how the sun back-lights all of the plants.

The ‘Raspberry Rose’ Hibiscus are spectacular at this time of year, and I continue to adore the orange-red Sedona Coleus that you see near the bottom of this picture. Notice, however, the wide […]

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 […]

Hard Pruning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 3

Blog disclaimer: Although this opinionated gardener has definite thoughts about what should be cut back in the fall, and which plants should be left untouched until spring, she also knows that in gardening and life there is no one right way. Not that this changes my talk […]

Hydrangea Color & Flummoxed Friday

Report From PIA – February 5

I got an email today from a woman who was perplexed about her hydrangeas. “They’ve been blue for several years,” she wrote, “but the last two years they got taller and turned pink.” She wondered if the height and color change were related.

Full disclosure here: the photos below […]