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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, [...]

Fall Clean Up

A Gardening Life – November 17 At this time of year I often get the following comments and questions: “Can I cut my perennials all the way down in the fall?” “Do I have to clear out the flower garden before winter?” and “Have you finished putting your garden to bed?” These were running through [...]

The Best Time To Prune

I pruned my Pinky Winky Hydrangeas this morning. Yes, it’s the very end of June and yes, I probably should have pruned this plant in April or May. The flowers on this shrub turn gray and stiff over the winter…unlike other hydrangeas the remains of last year’s blooms don’t just drop off. Although I noticed [...]

Peonies and Rain

A Gardening Life – June 7 It is peony season and rain is in the forecast. If you’ve grown this wonderful perennial you know what happens to the huge flowers in the rain. Before the storm you had a beautiful, colorful garden and afterwards you have heavy flowers in the mud. Those who stake their [...]

Dividing Perennial Plants

A Gardening Life – April 29 I had a crack team of Master Gardeners in my garden today. We were digging up perennial plants and potting them for the Master Gardener Plant sale on May 18th. Perennial gardeners have to be good editors. Some plants spread, and others die out in the center of clumps [...]

Good and Willing Editors

I’ve done four consultations in the past month for people who hate to throw a plant away. When anything has seeded that they recognize, they have either let the plant stay in that location or transplanted it elsewhere on the property. Some have divided perennials such as Siberian iris and Shasta daisies and have put [...]

If You Want Color…

You need to combine annuals and perennials. This should be a given for anyone who likes flowers. You say that you want lots of bloom but you only want plants that come up every year? You say that you only want those things that flower from May through October? Get over it. Perennials are a [...]

Clearing

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 23 I love my self-seeding annuals and biennials and Poison Ivy Acres is an informal, cottage-style garden that accommodates these plants well. But as I’ve said many times in the past, just because plants have seeded and grown in a particular location doesn’t mean that they should always be [...]

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 [...]