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A Closer Look

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 27

It’s so exciting to watch the perennial garden wake up in the spring. Plants that looked winter-worn or dormant two weeks ago are putting on daily growth. Only the most heat-loving perennials such as the hardy hibiscus are taking their time to emerge.

From a distance perennial […]

Saving Them From Themselves

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – April 20

I saw a planting today that I periodically drive by, and I remembered that some eighteen years ago this bed contained the blue flowering Rhododendron ‘Starry Night’. This reminded me of the time a woman came into the garden center and asked if we had this shrub.


Gardening in The Garage

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – December 13

Despite my post yesterday where I was exulting about still being able to pick veggies from the garden, winter is really, truly here. Tomorrow night is predicted to be only 17 degrees in my region. It’s time for gardeners to adjust and make do.

So I took […]

The Garden of No Excuses

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – November 14

I went to an open studio event at my friend Harriett’s tonight, and the following conversation took place:

Harriett: “How was your weekend?”

Me: “I don’t know….I didn’t get anything done today. Basically, other than walking the dog and talking to my kids, I wasted the entire […]

Host Specific Problems

Report From PIA – August 26

As I walked around Poison Ivy Acres with my camera this morning, I noticed that the Asclepias tuberosa is still covered with aphids. These orange Aphis nerii are sometimes called oleander aphids, but in my yard they are asclepias aphids through and through.

I grow four types of milkweed […]

Is This Really A Problem?

Report From PIA – July 28

I was joking around with a friend on facebook today, and in a fit of silliness suggested a new garden product: Plantbrella. Perfect for those hydrangeas that are wilting under the hot, summer sun! In rainy areas, Plantbrella would help prevent leaf-spot fungi and it’s ideal for protecting your […]

Attached To The Problem

Report From PIA – July 22

I did a stint at the Master Garden Demonstration garden tonight at the Barnstable County Fair. The Master Gardeners staff the demo garden, answering questions and getting kids and adults interested in gardening. It’s always fun to first tour the fair looking at the animals, and then showing a […]

Garden Glitches

Report From PIA – April 17

If you grow plants, things will go wrong. If you are alive, ditto. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. No matter what species you plant, products you buy, or belief system you subscribe to, you’ll experience set backs.

I spoke to a great group of gardeners today and the […]

No Problem…

One of a friend’s pet peeves is when people say “No problem.” She’ll ask the waiter for more water in a restaurant, for example, and the waiter will respond “No problem.” as if getting her more water might be a problem. I’ve noticed that this phrase is beginning to replace the more gracious “You’re welcome,” […]