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Where the Light Falls

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 24

Whenever I speak to a conference where there are feedback forms to be filled out, I usually ask to receive the results. Although most attendees tend to fill these reviews out in the most general terms, some get more specific, and this is useful information for the presenter.



Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 16

My entry garden is entering its fifth summer. Some plants are growing gangbusters, while other are of the “slow and steady wins the race” variety. A few, however, are missing in action.

I like to plant in groups of odd numbers. Unless the plants are framing something, such […]

Daffodils Dishing the Dirt

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 21

One of the talks I give is titled If Plants Could Talk. To be truthful, I’m glad that every plant in my landscape isn’t giving me a piece of its mind when I walk out the door. But there are many who would be well served to think […]

Of Weeds and Wake Up Calls

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 18

Currently, my most popular talk is titled “Myths, Lies, and All The Latest Dirt.” In this presentation the image below introduces a spiel about dealing with weeds. The myth/lie is, of course, that if you just buy this product you won’t have to deal with weeds. (Substitute the […]

15 Things I Hate About Your Yard – #11

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 23

Plant and Forget Perennial Gardens

Perennials come up every year, so they’re really low-maintenance, right? Wrong. Terribly, horribly incorrect.

Yet this is not only a commonly held belief, but a widespread practice as well. Many people treat perennial beds as plant-and-forget gardens. All too often from the second […]

Drastic Cuts

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 17

I’m into my fourth summer at Poison Ivy Acres, and this means dealing with plants that have put in the wrong place. Planting that ‘Morning Light’ Miscanthus in the entry garden seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that it’s larger, however, I see that […]

Perennial Pruning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 26

The last week in June is the time to cut many early-flowering perennials down to the ground. Nepeta, oxeye daisies, Salvia, and occasionally lady’s mantle get a Marine Corps haircut. I’m less strict with peonies and Baptisia, since their foliage remains attractive without such drastic pruning. I’m […]