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The Fear of Gardening and Returning Plants

Would you hesitate to buy a puppy or kitten because sometime in the future your pet might die? And if that dog or cat got sick should you be allowed to return it to the breeder and get your money back?

I think that most people would answer “no” to both those questions, don’t you? […]

Finding Simple Celebrations

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 1

It isn’t winter nor is it spring. It’s not time, therefore, to hunker down and be cozy, nor is it appropriate to start planting. It’s March in New England.

Truth be told, most of us have periods of March in our lives no matter what the calendar says. […]

Still Alive

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 16

Deep in my heart, I do believe…

Fear of Seeds

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 19

Last weekend I put together a display at the garden center that encouraged people not to be afraid of seeds. It’s astonishing how many come in looking for six-pack of carrot or bean plants. “Those are better grown from seed,” I always advise, and the customer usually […]

The Weather Sucks

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 17

Showers likely. Cloudy with a chance of drizzle. This is how the forecast has been for the last two weeks and continues to read for the next six days. The lilacs and peonies show signs of botrytis, and any annuals I plant just sit and sulk. Who […]

Planting Hope & Faith

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 24

I confess that from the beginning of February to mid-April I’m orderning plants online. Some of these fall into the “I’ve always wanted one of these,” category and others are impulse purchases. In March I may read an article about a particular plant and think, “This sounds […]

A Thank You Note To Leah Dieterich et al

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 23

This morning I discovered a delightful blog: Thx Thx Thx – a thank you note a day. It’s written by Leah Dieterich, and she’s one of those people who balance out the craziness I was lamenting yesterday. Just when I start to think that the country is […]

Violets In The Mountains

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 22

Gina, a regular reader of this blog, sent me a lovely email awhile back, and the subject line was from the play Camino Real by Tennessee Williams: “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

“How appropriate to C.L.’s writing!” Gina wrote, and I was touched […]

Gardening By Heart – Part 3

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – October 18

Everything is connected to everything else. Yes, I’m back to this simple truth. From Joyce’s comment on my post of 10-15 to my current visit to help my mother in Wisconsin, I’m once again struck with how we plant with heart, in all aspects of our lives.


Fighting The Natural Form

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 13

In his talk to the Gathering of Gardeners last weekend, Bill Hendricks told a story about a woman who grew Lespedeza thunbergi but complained to him that, “It flopped.” His response was something like, “That’s good!” because that is how this plant is supposed to grow. Lespedeza […]