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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, […]

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 […]

Pass It On…Or Not

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 25

Today I received one of those emails that sent me angels and blessings, IF I immediately passed it on to ten other people. My response:

Sometimes we need to see the what's important, framed in a new way.


Renewal? You Can Grow That!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 4

We all love flowers and color, and in some ways the blossoms and hues that appear in the spring are the most appreciated. Every garden should contain some bulbs, shrubs and perennials that are colorful as winter ends and the growing season begins.Consider, however, that your spring garden […]


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 […]

Finding Simple Celebrations

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 1

It isn’t winter nor is it spring. It’s not time, therefore, to hunker down and be cozy, nor is it appropriate to start planting. It’s March in New England.

Truth be told, most of us have periods of March in our lives no matter what the calendar says. […]

Adventure Glasses

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 6

If it were up to me, every garden center would sell Adventure Glasses. Hell, why quibble? They’d be passed out for free, and not just in the nursery but at every college graduation, wedding and job interview. Street corners even.

Adventure Glasses allow the wearer to view the […]

More Than Once

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 20

Last Saturday when more than 400 people toured my gardens, I heard this comment several times. “Oh…it’s an annual.” The last word was said with a downturn of the voice implying extreme disappointment.

Now, I love my perennials, and frequently champion my favorite varieties. Shrubs and trees aside, […]

The Rapture & The Garden

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 24

My gardens, The Rapture and 1940’s gospel music have all rooted in my mind these past few days.

Let me begin by asking this: Have you ever had a tune stuck in your head so that you wake in the night listening to your mind playing a […]

The Weather Sucks

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 17

Showers likely. Cloudy with a chance of drizzle. This is how the forecast has been for the last two weeks and continues to read for the next six days. The lilacs and peonies show signs of botrytis, and any annuals I plant just sit and sulk. Who […]