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Jump-Starting New Beginnings

It has been my great pleasure to write here for five years, finding the ways that everything comes together in the garden. From thoughts about finding peace and meditation in the landscape to actual planting and plant advice posting here has been great fun. Sometimes, however, it’s time to start new beds for planting and [...]

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, [...]

Winter Flowers

We love poinsettias at this time of year but a lesser known cool-weather plant is the hybrid Anemone. When my husband and I lived in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley, and he traveled up and down the Taconic Parkway frequently, he would stop at Battenfelds to pick up these beautiful flowers in the winter. For us, [...]

Random Smiles – You Can Grow That!

Your garden has the power to grow smiles. Whether you have a huge property or containers on the balcony, in all most seasons of the year you are cultivating the potential for surprising acts of cheer and kindness. We have the power to make someone’s day in the most positive way with give-away bouquets. Imagine [...]

Bringing Plants Indoors

Over the past week I’ve brought a few plants in every day. I have an assortment of tropicals, succulents, and houseplants that go out for summer camp every year and come back indoors once temperatures begin to fall. Usually my goal is to get them inside when the night temperatures routinely begin falling to 50 [...]

Flopping Montauk Daisies

I title this post intentionally because one of the most common questions I hear is about this fall-flowering perennial. “How do I keep my Montauk daisies from falling over?” or “When do I cut my Montauk daisies back so that they don’t fall over?” Montauk daisies, aka Nippon daisies or Nipponanthemum nipponicum, are a favorite [...]

Cooking With Yellow Tomatoes

One of the joys of the September vegetable garden is the glut of tomatoes. Large, small, red, yellow and green, they hang from the plants even as those vines succumb to cooling temperatures and blight. Our meals at this time of year tend to be tomato celebrations since we know that we won’t taste this [...]

Large, Showy Plants and True BLUE Flowers

Two plants stole the show last weekend when my garden was open as a fundraiser for the Barnstable Education Foundation. Their habit is completely different, but they were the most asked-about varieties. Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’ is a perennial that looks like a shrub. If you plant this, be sure to allow at least eight feet [...]

Annuals for Dry Places

Want a tapestry of color on a dry slope? Have I got some annuals for you. I have a south-facing slope in front of my garden shed that’s been covered with mulch for the past six years that it was time to plant on this summer. It’s a spot where I seldom water next to [...]

The Garden Driven Dinner

It’s often thought that living in a country where you can buy lettuce, strawberries or broccoli twelve months a year is a blessing and we are more healthy for it. Maybe we are and maybe not. There are some who believe that we should only “eat in season,” consuming the plants that are naturally available [...]