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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, […]

Summer Pizza? You Can Grow That!

Americans usually think of pizza as being a crust topped by tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Often, of course, there are other ingredients but the sausage, mushrooms, eggplant, onions, anchovies etc. are optional. In truth a delicious pizza starts with a crust but after that the components can be many and varied.

In August most […]

Phony Photosynthesizers Alert!

A Gardening Life – April 1

This is serious stuff so I thought I’d better pass it on here: If you see strange root markings on your roses, coreopsis, or daylilies, beware! You might have ‘Knockoff’ roses, ‘Faux Moon’ or ‘Big Bogus’ coreopsis, and ‘Stella D’Ceit’ daylilies.

According to the Department of Horticultural Security, gardeners […]

Say it With Flowers

A gift from my husband on the kitchen counter this morning.

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We Can Grow This!

Gardeners learn to be flexible. Hopefully. Please. I am at the Perennial Plant Association meeting and am called upon to be flexible at this moment. I had placed the box of 400 handouts on the dresser in the hotel last night, so that I knew that I couldn’t forget them for my talk today. Unfortunately, […]

A Dusting

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 29th

I’d hoped for a true “leap day” but got dusted instead. The morning began with an inspiring post from Seth Godin, and ended with a smattering of snow. From hope and intent to…well, dealing with what is. There were dead-end roadblocks in between, projects that stalled, work that […]


I’m pausing my usual blog routine tonight in remembrance of a dear woman who died yesterday. Wendy Clark was a good friend and a second mother to my kids when they were little. On most days we would speak during that early evening time when the kids were both tired and rambunctious…she called this period […]

All We Can Do…

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 8

Sometimes, all we can do is plant for the future and count our blessings in the present. As I look at my gardens I’m so grateful that three years ago I planted for spring color: purple and lime colored heuchera, creeping phlox and Sedum ‘Angelina’, along with […]

Happy New Year

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 1