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I spent part of my day culling through the images in my photo library. It’s embarrassing to admit how many not-too-horrible but definitely not useable photographs I’ve held onto. Some of it is the same belief that causes my basement to be filled with stuff: this might be useful someday… The baskets, floral supplies, and [...]

Poppies and Garden Connections…

You Can Grow That! Last year about this time I visited Chris Hestwood’s beautiful garden on Nantucket. I admired her beautiful poppies (Papaver somniferous) and a few weeks later she brought me some seeds. I planted them just as they are spread in her garden – scattered over the surface of the soil. All spring [...]

Adapability

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 16 My entry garden is entering its fifth summer. Some plants are growing gangbusters, while other are of the “slow and steady wins the race” variety. A few, however, are missing in action. I like to plant in groups of odd numbers. Unless the plants are framing something, such [...]

Rescue

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 21 I’ve featured my bamboo cloches in this blog before so you know how much I love them. Imagine how upset I was when one blew away last week after a night of very strong winds. Despite the weights and ties, one basket broke free and disappeared. I looked [...]

Earwigs

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 22 I will admit that they are creepy looking. And yes, they hide under the shingles of your house or the pots on your deck. Certainly, they eat dahlias, butterfly bush and young annuals early in the season. Nevertheless, Earwigs are beneficial insects. Earwigs eat decaying plant matter and [...]

Mood Elevators? You Can Grow That!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 5 Perhaps the number one reason to plant a garden is because looking at flowers makes us happy. Feel better? I know I do.

Leaning Toward The Growing Season

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 5 I went into the garden center today and was greeted by a new group of Anthuriums in the greenhouse. Wow. They were the outrageous blooms that manage to look tropical, plastic and like 1950’s drapery fabric all at the same time. I immediately felt a case of plant [...]

Success With Houseplants

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 2 I got home after a week away and found that my houseplants were dry. That’s not surprising. What I thought as I walked around with the watering can, however, was that noticing this twenty minutes after I got home was important. I’m convinced that there are two reasons [...]

What Makes A Green Thumb?

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – December 2 A simple facebook post for the garden center has me wondering… why do some people have a green thumb? As I wrote about a recent shipment of Cyclamen I thought about what to say. This isn’t a forget-about-it-for-ten-days-and-it-will-be-fine kind of plant. If a Cyclamen dries up so that [...]

American History? You Can Grow That!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 16 A couple of days ago a woman who listens to my radio program called. She is part of a local non-profit and they were considering planting a Franklinia alatamaha tree outside their building. “Can this tree survive on Cape Cod?” she asked. I wandered out in my garden [...]