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Out With The Old

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – October 16th

Part of my day was spent dumping out annual containers and preparing assorted houseplants to come back indoors. We haven’t yet had a frost in South East Massachusetts, but it’s only a matter of a couple of weeks away. I washed out saucers, refreshed the soil for amaryllis […]

Hard Pruning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 3

Blog disclaimer: Although this opinionated gardener has definite thoughts about what should be cut back in the fall, and which plants should be left untouched until spring, she also knows that in gardening and life there is no one right way. Not that this changes my talk […]

A Balanced Garden

Report From PIA – December 3

This afternoon I arrived home around 2:30, and promptly sat down with my laptop, wondering what I should write about today. As I sat thinking, the small, wisest part of me said, “You won’t find something unless you go out and look.” So I went outdoors to work in […]


Report From PIA – December 1

I heard from fellow garden writer Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp this morning, asking about an article I’ve written for Angie’s List Magazine. Although she hadn’t read yesterday’s blog post, her email continued the conversation about clearing perennial gardens at this time of year.

Jo Ellen mentioned that some gardeners […]

Now or Later?

Report From PIA – November 24th

There are still many plants in the garden that I normally would have cut back long ago, but there they are, a testament to my procrastination. This morning, I decided that I’m glad that I haven’t cleared them out.

I like the colorful, messy mix of yellowing leaves, final […]

Past, Present, & Future

Report From PIA – November 15

If you’re a gardener, being in the present means focusing on the current moment, while keeping a foot in the past and an eye to the future. This sounds like a balancing act, but really it’s just a matter of taking care of seasonal business.

The Past: I finished […]

To Keep, Cut Down, or Throw Away

Report From PIA – November 7

Many of the calls on GardenLine this morning were about fall cleanup: what to cut down, keep or throw away. When I got back from the radio station I did some clipping, dumping and raking myself, and composted this list of guidelines.

1. Anyone who bags leaves and ships […]