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Some Days Are A Gift…

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 25

…and some are not. Today I had one of the former and I’m totally, completely grateful. I did not have to get into an automobile once today, and from 7 AM until 5:30 PM I was in the garden. I weeded, planted annuals, sprayed spinosad to combat […]

Gold Dust

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – September 9

I’m dashing off to Rochester, NY tomorrow in order to speak at the annual Gathering of Gardeners on Saturday. I’m looking forward to being with this group, and hopefully seeing some area gardens. It’s always stimulating to travel to new places and meet new people.

Getting to […]

As Endings Blend With Beginnings

Report From PIA – August 3

Sometimes it’s important to get out of the usual routines, and look at something new. Here it is, the beginning of August, and we can’t really say that this summer is over, but I’m excited about a new plant I saw today, and I can hardly wait until I […]

Endless Heart

Report From PIA – May 14

One of the things I love about this time of year is discovering new plants. Every spring I come across new varieties in the garden center, online, or in magazines and catalogs. “Ohh… who are you?” I think when I see something unfamiliar.

I had that reaction today as […]

New Plants!

Report From PIA – April 23

At this time of year I am in serious trouble. I’m tempted by plants every where I turn: in garden centers, at grocery stores, online and in catalogs, they’re calling “take me home!”

I’m intrigued by their foliage, flowers, history and names. “Heart’s-a-bustin,” how could you not want to […]

Fur Balls!

Report From PIA – October 23

This summer, fur balls came to my garden, and I’m not talking about the stuff coughed up by cats.

Two nights ago I spoke to a group of Master Gardeners in Rhode Island. As we finished the evening up, they asked what plants I was excited about this year. […]