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Late Harvest

Only one quarter of the veggie garden still contains plants, and these grow thinner as we harvest. Still, to be eating from the garden on the thirteenth of December is a real blessing and we don’t take it lightly. Some of tonight’s dinner came from the garden (chard, kale and pak choi), some from the […]

The Garden @

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – August 5

I had great intentions of working for a good, long stretch in the garden today but the humid, 87 degree weather changed my mind. We harvested potatoes, picked basil for pesto, and tied up dahlias this morning but by 10 AM we were sweat-soaked and depleted.

There are […]

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 […]

Garden Envy

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 26

There was a three-year period in my adult life when I was without my gardens. During this time I mostly stayed away from visiting other landscapes because I was extremely jealous of anyone who was able to grow things.

Once we moved to Cape Cod and I was […]

Yin and Yang Customers

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 9

On Monday I helped some people in the perennial section of the garden center. I’d say they were yin-and-yang-customers…on the one hand they were excited about planting and ready to put something in the ground. I loved their enthusiasm and desire. On the other hand, they were grabbing […]


Garden Reports and Rejoicing – April 6

One could make an argument that given how tied in we are to the internet, people are doing more comparing than ever before. Google searches for “The best xyz” or “Xyz’s compared” are commonplace. Many websites offer the option to read reviews of their products, so we can […]


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 […]

Seasons of Life

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 5

I noticed that the first crocus are in bloom today. They are always a welcome sight but especially so today. My mother-in-law, Maria Fornari, died yesterday so we are feeling all the grief and poignancy that such a loss brings. Gardeners, of course, are well schooled in the […]

Seeing Color, Growth and Joy

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 2

We can’t control much of what happens in our lives, but we can keep our eyes open for color, growth and joy. And any time we notice these gifts, even in small doses, we need to stop to acknowledge and savor them.

Throughout the day today this is […]

Easy Vs Meaning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 11

As I prepare to give a talk for the Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association, I’m once again thinking about how for too long the green industry has focused on ease. Yes, I’m coming back to this again.

Tonight’s focus is on how we’ve all be talking about […]