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Squirrel Wars – Part 2

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 7

I promised you an update on how the Squirrel Wars were going. So far, it’s The Squirrels: 6, My Husband: 0… or maybe we should award him a point or two for persistence and effort.

So far the BirdCam and PlantCam have caught Those Bastards! on the […]

Gardening Teaches Flexibility

Report From an Opinionated Gardener – November 3

And flexible is what I must be tonight. My computer is almost out of juice, I’m at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and learning new things, but forgot to bring my charger cord. Forgive me if there is a short post and no photo tonight.

More tomorrow, about […]

Planting Lushly

Report From An Opinionated Gardener, September 18

Tonight I heard about the death of gardener Wayne Winterrowd, and my heart is filled with that curious combination of grief and gratitude that such passings evoke. I’m sad that this accomplished, intelligent, gentle and generous gardener is gone, and grateful to have met him, read the books […]

Sharing The Good Stuff

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 10

For some reason the computer isn’t uploading my photos from my wireless connection here in Rochester, and I’m having troubles with the text as well – I’ll post more when I’m home. In the meantime, thanks to all who attended A Gathering of Gardeners on the 11th. […]

Walking Her Talk

Report From PIA – March 1

Hello everyone, C.L.’s son Sasha here.

C.L. is in the hospital for something minor and once she is out the posting will resume.

You know that flexability thing she is always talking about? Well she says this is an opportunity for her to walk her talk.

trying to […]

January Gardening Tips

Report From PIA – January 9

When hosting GardenLine on Saturday mornings, I usually surf the web during commercial and news breaks. Sometimes I’m looking for plants (a hortaholic’s habit) and occasionally I’m searching for interesting tidbits to share with my listeners.

Today I googled January Gardening Tips, and as you might imagine, the lists […]

Something New

Report From PIA – October 5

Those who come to this blog for thoughtful musings will please forgive me today because I’m about to gush about a plant. Yes, it’s an all-out OMG-isn’t-this-flower-outrageously-gorgeous plant rave.

I’m nuts about dahlias, the queens of October in my late-to-frost-seaside region. All of these annuals are fantastic right now, […]

Trial Gardens

When I was in high school in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, I tried out for the girls modern dance group. I prepared an energetic and rather disjointed routine done to “Grant Avenue”, a song from the musical “Flower Drum Song”. After weeks of practice in my basement, I performed it for the audition. It wasn’t pretty.


Foliage First

People in the horticultural business have a saying: Color sells. By color, they mean the flowers, and they’re saying that a plant in bloom sells best. Many customers choose their landscaping when the plants are blossoming… when they’re shopping, they go for the flowers first.

Although this tendency insures that the right flower color […]

Mid Summer Switch Out

Late July is my time for adding to, and subtracting from, the flower garden. Although most people in this area seem to plant annuals only though the first week in June, I am placing them in the garden this weekend.

By mid-summer many of the biennials and a few of the perennials are dying back. […]