It's the Plants, Darling

Gifts of Autumn

In temperate climates, autumn showers us with a cornucopia of visual stimulation before we enter the season of dormancy. Here are some of my favorite examples of this season’s gifts of beauty.             What do you appreciate most about your garden in autumn?

Posted by  on October 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm.   This post has 5 responses.

Here come the bulbs—and a GIVEAWAY

I did it again. Slightly over 1,000 bulbs have either arrived or are on their way to my smallish urban property. By far the majority of them are tulips that will mostly be planted in big pots, but there are also 50 tazetta, 200 hyacinths, and various narcissus, erythronium,...

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Posted by on October 18, 2016 at 9:21 am

Remedial Gardening

My wife Suzanne and I used to have our best fights in the garden. I don’t remember her actually throwing a trowel at me, but on several occasions I’m sure she came close. I’m also sure it was my fault. I had an idea that we would garden together....

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 at 9:32 am

Gardening for the Future: Why Responsible Beauty Matters

Guest Rant by Fran Sorin There has been a tremendous amount of often rancorous debate about the use of natives vs. non-native plantings in designing gardens over the past several years. Thanks to the internet and our ability to take advantage of viewing photos and videos of gardens around...

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Posted by Fran Sorin on October 14, 2016 at 7:59 am

Why I can’t get too excited about the White House vegetable garden

Of course, it’s very good that the White House and the National Park Foundation have decided to maintain a food patch on the property. And let’s be clear on one thing right away: I am a big fan of both Obamas and would be happy to see them stay...

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Posted by on October 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

Are You Afraid of Gardens and Nature?

Most of us know that gardens and nature are good for us. And good for our children, too. Dirt is healthy for kids, but forcing them outdoors does not work the way it once did. Baby boomers, as youngsters, got kicked out of the house after breakfast. We weren’t...

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Posted by on October 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

Preserving the White House Kitchen Garden

The White House Kitchen Garden was in the news last week, as Michelle Obama dedicated the garden and unveiled other “updates” made to preserve the garden. Via the White House: Making the garden even more accessible to kids and world leaders alike, the updates include establishing a revised layout with a...

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Posted by on October 10, 2016 at 7:22 am

Garden Design’s New Issue Comes with 5 Videos and Sadness, Too

I’ve done nothing but heap praise on Garden Design Magazine since its relaunch as an ad-free, more plant-focused publication under the direction of its new publisher, Jim Peterson. And I savor every gorgeous issue before reluctantly loaning them to my nonsubscribing friends. (Full disclosure – thanks to Jim’s attendance at recent...

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Posted by on October 7, 2016 at 7:23 am

How I stopped worrying and learned to accept hydrangeas the way they are now

If I was bitter, I’d say that the industry has done its best to destroy hydrangeas, at least the macrophyllas I used to buy, with their deep, true colors. I can’t find the two brilliant pink macrophyllas I bought many years ago—‘Alpenglow’ and ‘Princess Beatrix’—at any nursery anywhere these...

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Posted by on October 6, 2016 at 8:39 am

Common Gardening Practices That Hurt Bees

Worldwide, there’s a growing awareness of the value of pollinators, which is heartening for those of us who love food and biological diversity. However, pollinator populations continue their noticeable decline, and recently several bee species have been listed or proposed as federal endangered species. Individual gardeners and property owners...

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Posted by on October 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Fall Planting

Many of us are already putting away our spades, but if you do, you’ll miss the best planting season of the year. Spring – the classic planting season – may be superior for most vegetables and annuals, but for woody plants – trees and shrubs – and container-grown perennials,...

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Posted by on October 3, 2016 at 10:53 am

Lawn-Less Solutions in my Townhouse Garden

You’ve seen Part 1 of the Garden Clips videos of my garden and now Part 2 is up! In this tour of my back garden I opined a bit about lawn reduction, and of course the plants I use instead. Scroll down for a bit more about the plants mentioned....

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Posted by on September 30, 2016 at 8:30 am

Bulb mistakes I have known and now avoid

In a world gone crazy, I am relieved to turn part of my focus to my favorite fall activity: bulb planting and forcing. I’m no horticultural expert (though I do play one on the radio sometimes), but bulbs are my thing, and here’s what I got: Don’t plant too...

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Posted by on September 27, 2016 at 8:19 am

Leaf Morphology is Surprisingly Marvelous

I recently attended this tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden, despite my doubts that the topic of leaf structures – leaf morphology – would be marvelous, as promised, but darned if it wasn’t! I maintain my skepticism that a talk by another expert could put me to sleep but...

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Posted by on September 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

On Video: Bulb-Planting in the Fall

New from Good Gardening Videos is our juicy selection of 14 videos about spring-blooming bulbs – general how-to, specific types, how to naturalize and two cool ways to pot them up. If you’re already an experienced bulb-gardener, maybe you know someone who could be coaxed into planting something if...

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 at 9:05 am

How I Became a Landscape Reformer

Today’s Guest Rant comes from Leslie Nelson Inman, an Adjunct English Instructor at Mercer University and Georgia Tech who is currently taking some time off to write a book. Leslie educated herself about environmental issues and has become passionate about spreading information and solutions widely via social media. Here’s...

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Posted by Leslie Nelson Inman on September 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

Gardening via Groupon

Drinks are not included. For the past few years, I’ve been seeing Groupon offers for Paint Nites, where (usually) a bunch of people get together and make a painting with an instructor. At first, they seemed to be singles events, often held in bars, but more recently I have...

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Posted by on September 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

My Townhouse Garden on Video!

Readers may remember my post about a guy who grew up blocks from my home and is now a videographer in New Haven, CT.  For fun, this son of a landscape architect and gardener himself makes videos about plants and gardens, usually featuring the director of the botanic garden...

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Posted by on September 16, 2016 at 6:28 am

Oh, how sweet—they’re getting married!

  In case you hadn’t heard, two of the biggest Big Ag and Big Chem firms—St. Louis-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer (pronounced buyer)—are merging, with Bayer making the acquisition. It’s gigantic news for farmers, but these companies are big players at garden centers as well. Here’s the PR for...

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Posted by on September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am

The Season’s Last Hurrah and a Surprising New Beginning

  There are a few weeks left in my long, fitful gardening season. I will be busy trying to nail those lingering mischievous weeds. (How can I miss weeds, that I pass every day, with seed heads the size of Big Ben?) At the end of September I’ll put...

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Posted by on September 14, 2016 at 9:41 am
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