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Garden Graphics

One thing I love about winter is being able to see the skeletons of trees. Their framework is endlessly interesting, informative and entertaining. Some trees are filled with tiny twigs while others are sparer or even sleek. One tree sprawls horizontally while another has branches that reach straight upward into the sky.

The bones of […]

Respite and Rejuvenation

Winter is the definition of the word respite: a brief interval of rest. Even the plants in my veggie garden that I’m still harvesting for dinner aren’t actively growing. I cut the chard, lettuce, cilantro and pak choi knowing that they aren’t likely to regrow. Shrubs, perennials and trees that keep their foliage or semi-evergreen […]

Winter Illumination

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 30

As much as I dislike coming home in the dark when it’s only 5 PM, I have to admit that the low sun does bring gifts with the early nightfall. From 2 o’clock on, certain parts of the garden are lit in ways that spotlight particular plants. The […]

Framing The Magic

Garden Reports and Rejoicing – November 17

I have a constantly changing slideshow of garden photos as my computer desktop and screensaver, and occasionally one of these photos catches my attention. This evening the shot of the lights on lakeside trees stuck me and I started thinking about how we frame views.

In this case […]

Season of Subtleties

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – March 1

I did my first garden consultation of the season today. Yes, it was cold but at least it wasn’t snowing. The condo association that I met with was interested in some possible plantings for an area along the driveway where three large trees had recently been removed.


The Wing Season

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 26

As we’re nearly into March, the weather swings both ways. Still winter, a hint of spring, back to winter, a touch of spring, then definitely, solidly winter. Yesterday it rained, poured really, on Cape Cod and last night it snowed. This morning the landscape was really pretty […]


Report From An Opinionated Gardener – February 22

There are seasons when we need to escape. Yes, we need to flee from a long period of rain or bolt away from winter for the sake of our sanity. Yesterday I was writing about embracing the cold season and today I’m acknowledging our need to get […]

A Sense of Humor

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 27

The driveway is a sheet of ice and the banks of snow are so high that if there is another significant storm I won’t be able to pull my car out of the driveway.

But, the dog is so cute as he dashes around in the white […]

Bad Clothing

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 put on fleece-lined rubber boots, a long down coat, a woolen scarf, hat and gloves and go out in the snow to walk The Dog, I […]

Forcing A Change In Focus

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 13

Two years ago we planted three rhododendrons in the woods between the house and the lake. The following winter I’d gaze out on these three small shrubs and think, “I need to plant more.”

Last summer I bought three more rhodys, larger ones this time, and we […]