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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 […]

Planting and Planning

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – September 30

Today was one of those wonderful fall days: warm but not humid, with all the landscape refreshed from yesterday’s rain. We savor such weather at this time of year, knowing that the mild temperatures, and the plants that continue to thrive, won’t be around much longer.

As I […]

Some Days You Just Need Tulips

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – May 6

Put this on your calendar for September of 2011: Plant a patch of tulips. Yes, I know what many of you are thinking. “Tulips only bloom well for one year and then they peter out so that by the fourth season you’re left with only some stray […]

A Path With Heart

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 24

At this time of year gardeners are either applauding spring or looking forward to the growing season…they’re already rejoicing or anticipating that celebration. Yes, we’re facing a great deal of work, but it’s work that feeds a persons very center.

Today I found a postcard that brought […]

Bearing Fruit

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 28

On Christmas day I picked one of the Meyer lemons (Citrus × meyeri) off of the tree in the kitchen and made a Meyer lemon risotto for dinner. The Meyer lemon is commonly grown as a potted, ornamental tree in China, and it’s thought to be a […]

What We Have Now

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 4

I returned home from the garden center in time to see the last rays of the setting sun hitting the red twig dogwood. It was just past 4 PM, but there was still enough light to catch the tops of the red branches. I stopped to admire […]

An Ending Is Also A Beginning

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 27

Last week I got two packages of seeds in the mail. This end-of-the-current-season/early-next-season-order was spurred by the arrival of the Plant World Seeds catalog. I initially went to their catalog and website to look for Banana Custard Verbascum seeds. I grew this two years ago, and it […]

Violets In The Mountains

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 22

Gina, a regular reader of this blog, sent me a lovely email awhile back, and the subject line was from the play Camino Real by Tennessee Williams: “The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

“How appropriate to C.L.’s writing!” Gina wrote, and I was touched […]

A Change of Plans

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 21

I got a phone call the other day from someone who had his sights on a hedge of leatherleaf Viburnum. He wanted to see those large, textured, shiny leaves all winter. “That plant might live thought the winter here,” I told him, “but to tell the truth, […]

A Normal Part of Life

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 6

At the Northeast Greenhouse Conference I heard Lloyd Traven, of Peace Tree Farm, speak about garden centers and the current importance of growing herbs and vegetables. He made the statement that we need to make the raising of vegetables “a normal part of life.”

Amen to that, […]