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Dear Frost

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 23 – In the Spirit of Thanksgiving Week

Dear Frost,

I have to say that although I dread your arrival, you manage to make the landscape magical the morning after you arrive. Seeing all my plants edged in your white lace reminds me to appreciate this season and the […]

November Bloom Day

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 15

We’ve had two very hard frosts at Poison Ivy Acres, but a couple of plants continue to flower as if it was August. The asters may have a few feeble flowers, and the feverfew offers a blossom or two, but Lobularia Snow Princess, and Nicotiana mutabilis are in […]

The End of A Season

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 2

I picked the last bouquet of dahlias today. The foliage was already shriveled from a light frost on Sunday night, and it’s supposed to get even colder tonight. I picked some of the last greens from the garden for our salad, and cooked up the beets that […]

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 […]

Some Days Are Like That (Go Right To The Photos)

Report From PIA – October 20

When I woke up this morning I immediately saw that it was absolutely magical outside. Some parts of the yard were heavily frosted, while those closer to the lake were covered not with frost, but with fog. I walked around the property in my bathrobe, taking pictures, amazed at […]


Report From PIA – October 9

There are days that my garden makes me feel like the wealthiest woman on earth.

If I went into the supermarket produce section and saw only a handful of green beans, a couple of tiny zucchini squash and a bunch of basil, I’d think that the store was poorly […]