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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, […]

A Trough Garden Tale

Last winter I decided that my back deck needed some trough gardens. Normally when gardeners think about troughs it’s the stone variety like those described books such as Creating and Planting Garden Troughs. I wasn’t craving stone or hypertufa, however…I was thinking livestock. Specifically, a metal Behlen tub that is commonly used to feed and […]

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 […]

I Love This Plant/I Hate This Plant

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 3

And sometimes it’s difficult to say. Love it or hate it?

It’s been a very busy week, which you regular Whole Life Gardening readers have noticed because of the dearth of posts here. I was speaking, traveling, and at New England Grows in Boston. It was a very […]

The Carrot And The Stick

Garden Reports And Rejoicing – November 9

The weather was wonderfully warm the past two days so I seized the moment and dug my dahlia tubers. In the past I haven’t been too concerned with marking specific colors or types of dahlias, but this season we discovered the downside of that relaxed approach. Somehow we’d […]


Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 13

I’ve taken several calls on GardenLine recently asking about the “wild morning glory” that is taking over landscapes. Usually these callers talk about initially being charmed by this white-not-blue variety of a favorite garden annual. Soon they are cursing this plant as it covers and strangles entire yards […]

Some Years Are Like That

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – July 4

Today I was remembering a book that I used to read to my kids when they were young. In Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, the young protagonist bemoans everything that is going wrong, and finishes by saying, “I think […]

I Don’t Want Violets

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 22

Three are eight plug-trays on the ground outside of my garden shed, filled with young plants that I’ve started from seed. Two varieties of Verbascum, two cultivars of Prunella, some Lisianthus and three ground-cover type perennials await planting. For the past two weeks I’ve felt guilty as […]

Good Companions

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 2

In several past posts I’ve written about my love/hate relationship with iris. Yes, when they’re in bloom they are stunning. But they flower for about fifteen minutes, truth be told, and the clumps need dividing every four or five years. I’ve only included iris in my gardens […]

Saving Them From Themselves

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 20

I saw a planting today that I periodically drive by, and I remembered that some eighteen years ago this bed contained the blue flowering Rhododendron ‘Starry Night’. This reminded me of the time a woman came into the garden center and asked if we had this shrub.