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Some Ideas Work…Others? Not So Much

The path that runs through the entry garden is winding and several Calamintha ‘White Cloud’ spill over the flagstones. When the hose is pulled along the path to water selected garden plants or containers, it usually ends up smashing the Calamintha. I’ve put up with this for four years but this summer it was clearly […]

The Creative Process

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – February 4

Today I was impressed by the biennials in my garden. The perennials are either completely dormant or staying close to the ground. This allows the biennials to dominate and they are taking advantage, soaking up the sun while other plants sleep.

One bed is dotted with Lunaria, another […]

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 […]

Spring Inspirations

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 11

I saw a stone fence in Wisconsin that was absolutely wonderful. It was one of those creations that was a labor of love, I suppose, as well as tremendous skill. Being blessed with some lovely stonewalls of a different style, I wasn’t too covetous, but it did […]

A (Shoe) Tree Grows In Wisconsin

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 7

While driving out and about in Central Wisconsin today we stopped to photograph a mature specimen of Populus footwearifolia at Sunset Lake. Commonly called a shoe tree, this one was a beauty, just coming into bloom. I think my mother must have thought she was looking at […]

Ready To Wear?

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 27

I was looking at a gardening book on Amazon today and as usual, they had other suggestions for me in the “Home, Garden & Pets” category. Among the other gardening items was this dress.

Yes, it's a Hell Bunny Strapless Party/Prom dress, goth size small. (What […]

Starting With The Materials

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 8

So much of creativity starts with the materials. You find a particular plant, fabric, color or combination of words and it pushes you forward down a path of invention. You might not have intended to travel that road. Perhaps you didn’t initially feel attracted to that particular […]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 22

There are seasons when we need to escape. Yes, we need to flee from a long period of rain or bolt away from winter for the sake of our sanity. Yesterday I was writing about embracing the cold season and today I’m acknowledging our need to get […]

Planning Ahead

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 10

This is the time of year when gardeners start to plan for the coming season. Let me rephrase… this is the time of year when we’re longing to go nuts. Plants, ornaments, sculptures…I love them. I want them all. When on facebook tonight I see that Shawna […]

X-Factor Gardening

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 28

Once again a post from Lois has stimulated my thinking. In her comment two days ago, she said that her philosophy of Cultivating The Inner Gardener “evolved from trying to figure out what the X-factor was in certain gardens that seemed to resonate with everyone who entered […]