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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 31

It’s snowing, again. Still.

I’ve decided to ignore it. Instead, I’m focusing on a talk that I’m giving at the Eastham […]

Pansies In The Snow

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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 24

They call a spring snow “poor man’s fertilizer” because the flakes pick up nitrogen from the air as they fall, and […]

Bad Clothing

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Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 26

I’ve heard that the Norwegians have a saying: There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. As I […]

Transformation

Report From PIA – February 11

We gardeners are all about transformation. We believe we can take a patch of weed-filled earth (let’s face it – there is seldom bare soil) or a boring lawn, and turn it into a foliage and flower-filled delight. My husband and I, for example, turned the ordinary turf entry […]

It Is What It Is

Report From PIA – February 9

A snowstorm is predicted for tomorrow, with a total accumulation of 5 to 9 inches. Some forecasters say more, of course, because when they hype total snow amounts that means that people will keep watching or listening to their station. That’s the All-Fear News as Paul Gorman used to […]

A Matter of Focus

Report From PIA – January 26

One reason I love having a dog, is that dogs are always completely and totally present. When you’re putting down the bowl of chow, a dog doesn’t think about the time you forgot to feed him. When you go out, he’s not thinking about how long you’re staying out […]

The Snow Globe Effect

Report From PIA – January 3

More snow, off and on all day. It was the type of flurry that made me feel like I was in a snow globe and someone had just given it a good shake. Because we stay home and wait out such weather, winter can make us feel like we’re […]

Looking For What’s There

Report From PIA – December 20

It snowed all day, and I still have a cold, so it seemed like a good day to write and bake cookies. I’m working on my new book, which has had the following working titles so far: Cultivating Life, Gardening Totally, The Ground Rules, and Growth.

This book has […]

Convenience

Report From PIA – December 9

This morning I woke up and saw a slight coating of snow. Truthfully, my first reaction was to think, “This is nice; enough snow to change the landscape, but not enough to shovel.”

I love snow and how it transforms the garden and daily life, but my initial response […]

Of Snow Days and Disrespect

Snow brings out my inner child…when the snow falls, I think it should be a holiday. Early in our marriage I confessed this to my husband during a snowstorm. He walked about a mile through 12 inches of snow to buy a bottle of champagne so we could celebrate. What a guy!

It’s snowing […]