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Year of the Rabbit

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 23

It’s the Year of the Rabbit in more ways than one. First, according to the Chinese Zodiac it’s the Year of the Hare, and secondly, because according to gardeners and homeowners in the Northeast, rabbits have been especially abundant. It seems that they have bred like, well, […]

Flowers Everywhere

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 21

I’m sure you know how it feels to tackle a project you’ve been putting off, and finally getting an area cleaned or organized. That’s how I felt this weekend as I devoted a good amount of time to clearing out the piles of clutter in my office. […]

I Heart Carola Potatoes

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 18

We harvested potatoes tonight, and like every year, the Carola is the variety that is most impressive. This yellow flesh potato produces a large crop, and has excellent flavor. Carolas are best baked or fried, although I’ve boiled for potato salad and provided you don’t overcook them, […]

Taking Chances

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 17

So what do you think…are gardeners more willing to take chances? Is this true only in the landscape or does their willingness to explore possibilities without regard to likely outcomes extends into the rest of their lives? Your thoughts are, as always, welcomed.

This is on my […]

Mother of the Groom

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 14th

Just a few photos from Simon and Rachel’s wedding. It was a great day: the weather was perfect, the bride beautiful, the groom handsome, and the party so much fun. We’re all exhausted! More later.

Here I am with my boys: the groom (on left) and […]

To Each His Own

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 13

Every gardener should feel free to create the garden of his/her dreams, right?

Playful Connections

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 10

When I was a child in the late 1950’s, I attended Burris Elementary School in Muncie, Indiana. One summer someone designed and built a “creative playground” and a key component was a series of large, concrete mushrooms.

On the one hand, these were perfect for kids to […]

Staying Cheerful

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 8

It’s not that I’m taking a “don’t worry, be happy” approach to the stock market fall and other discouraging news. I’m just not going to dwell on those things I can’t control. I spent today weeding, deadheading, and harvesting. Tomorrow, I’ll go to an Education Foundation Fundraiser […]

The Goddess of Rain

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 7

Years ago I was at a meeting during a time of significant drought, and people were complaining about how dry it was. Someone spoke up, saying, “If you were the Goddess of Rain and everyone complained every time you showed up, how often would you come around?”

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In Praise of August

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – August 6

This is surely a “life in all its fullness” month. Everywhere I turn there are flowers, vegetables and fruit…not to mention weeds and plants that are drying or dying. This is a month of abundance, although we may not be thrilled with everything nature is offering in […]