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I spent part of my day culling through the images in my photo library. It’s embarrassing to admit how many not-too-horrible but definitely not useable photographs I’ve held onto. Some of it is the same belief that causes my basement to be filled with stuff: this might be useful someday…

The baskets, floral supplies, […]

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 16

My entry garden is entering its fifth summer. Some plants are growing gangbusters, while other are of the “slow and steady wins the race” variety. A few, however, are missing in action.

I like to plant in groups of odd numbers. Unless the plants are framing something, such […]

Conditions For Growth

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 22

After several days of unusually warm weather the garden is starting to explode. I could practically watch the daylilies grow higher and seeds begin to sprout. Unfortunately, we’ve had little rainfall in the past three weeks so soils are dry. I’ve spent the past three days positioning sprinklers, […]

Old Dogs/New Tricks

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – March 12

When we pay attention we might see that out of the blue the same information often concentrates and threads repeatedly through our lives. Have you noticed that? You might have remained blissfully unaware of Zumba workouts, and suddenly it seems to be popping up everywhere. And it’s not […]

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 […]

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. […]

Mood Elevators? You Can Grow That!

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 5

Perhaps the number one reason to plant a garden is because looking at flowers makes us happy.

Perennial geraniums and a self-seeded Verbascum chaixii. Yum.

If you want lots of foxglove, start them from seeds.

Large áreas don't have to be wild flowers – here […]

Forced to Look Further

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – January 15

I volunteered to provide this week’s flowers for the front of the church this morning, so as usual I stopped by the supermarket to pick something up. None of the cut flowers called to me. It seemed too early for tulips, too late for mums, and the usual […]