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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, [...]

The Night Before The Wedding

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 9 It is the night before Jesse and Maya’s wedding. Jess is the son of our dear friends, Phil and Nan, and four years ago when we bought to Poison Ivy Acres this couple helped us move in. When Jesse got out of the moving van, he looked [...]

Spiffing Up The Gardens

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 7 I am very grateful for the help of friends. Jesse and Maya are getting married here on Saturday, and the gardens will be glorious thanks to many people who are pitching in. Nan polished the silver plated Revere bowls that will hold the arrangements, Pamela Phipps is [...]

Of Ragweed and Goldenrod

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 5 Since we’re having a wedding at Poison Ivy Acres this Saturday, the talk over the past week has been of venues, ceremonies and flowers. The groom’s mother remembered meeting with the florist for her wedding, and seeing that the arrangements all contained Solidago. “That flower won’t do,” [...]

Home of the Creative and Supportive

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 3 One of the stops that our Garden Writer’s (GWA) group made in Indiana was at a slow foods garden. I was especially enamored with the windmill that read “Growing Places, Indy”. It had some traditional elements of the wind powered structures that have pumped water on farms [...]

Love Is In The Air…And The Plants

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 1 Looking through my photos from the Garden Writers Association meeting, I am struck by how many of the plants I took pictures of have heart shaped leaves. Maybe I’m just in a romantic mood coming off of the high of my son’s wedding two weeks ago and [...]

Some Gardens Are Just TOO Packed

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 31 And mine has been way to crowded this month. Not my landscape, you understand, but my life’s garden. My son’s wedding, a wonderful GWA symposium in Indiana, hurricane cleanup and getting ready for Jesse and Maya’s wedding in September. Not to mention the regular writing/speaking/radio/garden center gigs [...]

Being Here Now

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 29 As you know from my facebook entries and tweets, I’m all about new connections. Ambient awareness and instant communications are great. Often. But not always. I have been in Indianapolis at the annual meeting of the Garden Writers Association for the past five days. We’ve been on [...]

Places Shrink

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 26 I’m not the first one to remark on how the places from your childhood shrink as you get older. If you’ve returned to an old house, school or landscape you know what I mean. When I picture the street I lived on in the late 1950’s, it [...]