A Holiday Aspiration

“Disarming Hearts, Forging Peace” is the motto of RAWtools, and who can argue with that, especially at this holiday season? Taking Judeo-Christian scripture literally, this organization is committed to transforming people-killing weapons into implements of peace.  Send RAWtools a gun and it will re-forge it into gardening tools. This is a mission that resonates with […]

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Ask Dr. Bleedingheart, Ministry of Controversy
Posted by on December 18, 2017 at 9:59 am   This post has 9 responses.

The landscaping potential of snow

It’s not 12/21 yet, but winter has officially begun in Western New York; I had gotten my final bulbs in just a few days before the season’s first major snowfall hit on 12/10 (making for a really bizarre football game that day). For the most part snowstorms are no...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Real Gardens
Posted by on December 14, 2017 at 11:53 am   This post has 2 responses.

Where the Giant Redwoods Roam

We grow many things in Los Angeles; desert agaves, tropical kiwis, tomatoes in November, carrots in January. We like to think we can grow anything, climate be damned. So we plant the treasures of our state, California Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens). 240 million years ago redwoods lived through much of...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by Rick Perillo on December 11, 2017 at 7:44 am   This post has 5 responses.

Plant-Adjacent Gifts to Myself

My family stopped long-distance gift-giving long ago, so holiday shopping for me could’t be easier – what does Susan want? So last week I bought myself a spanking new bike! Not gardening related, but it does let me tour neighborhoods at the right speed for garden-observing, and at a faster...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Grab Bag
Posted by on December 7, 2017 at 1:22 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Why isn’t gardening included in exercise tech?

My husband and I were early adopters of Apple watches when they were first introduced in 2015. I now have a series 3, which can act independently of the iPhone, (solving what had always been a drawback). One of the basic ways I use the watch is as an...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on November 30, 2017 at 10:05 am   This post has 7 responses.

Perennial Royalty: It’s Inbred

There are few families in American horticulture with four generations of successful nursery crops. There are even fewer nursery legends with a story so well remembered as that of Jack Schultz, the 88-year-old Schultz family patriarch and founder of Springbrook Gardens, wholesale perennials growers, in Mentor, Ohio. Jack’s dad,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling, Unusually Clever People, What's Happening
Posted by on November 29, 2017 at 7:56 am   This post has 2 responses.

Amo, Amas, Amat in the Garden

The further I get into this horticulture life the more I realize how little I know, especially of its outer edges; all that Latin derivation and categorization stuff. That used to bother me. People forever mistake me for an expert. I’m about over it. I’m in my Old Guy...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on November 27, 2017 at 8:10 am   This post has 4 responses.

Bulb-Planting Rules I Break

Who doesn’t love spring-blooming bulbs? I love all of them (well, except for hyacinths) and used to plant a large assortment every fall. Above are shots from my former garden, where I planted tulips, yanked them out after the blooms faded and had the fun of trying new ones...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes
Posted by on November 24, 2017 at 9:21 am   This post has 11 responses.

Goodbye, and thanks for your service

Trees are suffering. First, there are the pests; among the most current are the emerald ash borer, the mountain pine beetle, and the wooly aldegid. Then there are the ravages of fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters; it was awful to see the defoliation in the Caribbean earlier this...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Gardening on the Planet, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on November 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm   This post has 8 responses.

Video: Best-Performing Native Plants in my Garden

These days we’re all paying more attention to beneficial wildlife in our gardens, and to that end, looking for good native plants to grow. But which ones? Those official lists of state or regional natives don’t really help the aspiring eco-gardener make their choices. So many of the listed...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on November 17, 2017 at 8:26 am   This post has 10 responses.

It’s a Mast Year

Ever heard of a “mast year?” I hadn’t until we moved to our cottage on the Eastern Shore. That was June.  In early September, it started. Artillery fire. Lying in bed in our loft, with no attic to buffer us, it was like the London blitz—except with acorns. The...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Guest Rants, It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by Sandra Gaffigan on November 14, 2017 at 9:37 am   This post has 5 responses.

Can these Junipers be Saved?

My latest gardening obsession is making over the landscape in front of my housing co-op offices, where the top priority is to do something about the overgrown junipers. Planted too close to the sidewalk and doors, they’d been sheared back, which caused much unsightly needle-browning. The problem wasn’t just...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on November 10, 2017 at 8:20 am   This post has 11 responses.

A Glimpse of a Lunatic’s Garden

I don’t know anyone on this planet, or galaxy, with more runaway enthusiasm for gardening than Jamie Dockery. And that’s not all. Besides his rabid determination to grow anything with chlorophyll, Jamie also raises little cows, little goats, chickens, ducks, donkeys, and tends an aviary with finches and canaries—all...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, Gardening on the Planet, Unusually Clever People
Posted by on November 8, 2017 at 7:58 am   This post has 16 responses.

Still crazy after fourteen years

Pre-blog, my garden practice gets lost in the fog of history. I know I started gardening seriously in 1999, when we bought property, but I am not quite sure exactly what I was doing month by month until 2005, when I started documenting it with a blog. And that’s...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Shut Up and Dig
Posted by on October 31, 2017 at 10:22 am   This post has 3 responses.

A Back Porch Recipe for Peace

Gardening offers me an outside recipe for inner peace, or at least the opportunity to go hide on our screened-in back porch and ponder the meaning of life, mortality and the furrowed bark and brilliant fall colors of our three-flowered maple. I look out, and the pink and white...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Real Gardens
Posted by on October 30, 2017 at 8:15 am   This post has 9 responses.

There’s fall color—and fall color

Every day on my way to work, I always look at a certain house, just before I make my final turn. It is the one vibrant spot of color on a block, which, though perfectly nice, is typified by sedate, small front lawns and a few foundation plantings. But...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling, Real Gardens
Posted by on October 26, 2017 at 10:02 am   This post has 5 responses.

Discovering Sally Fox, Legendary Cotton Breeder

At my town’s film festival last weekend I met a filmmaker just out of USC film school whose masters project had been accepted by (and then won an award from) the festival. The short film – True Colors by Bethann Morgan – is the scripted true story of Sally...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Unusually Clever People
Posted by on October 20, 2017 at 9:44 am   This post has 3 responses.

Landscape Architect Wins MacArthur Genius Award

Nice news this week via Brad McKee, editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine, who writes: Kate Orff, ASLA, became the first landscape architect to receive a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, which carries a $625,000 award over five years for “originality, insight, and potential.” Orff was among 24 fellows named by the foundation today, who also included...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Unusually Clever People
Posted by on October 13, 2017 at 8:18 am   This post has 2 responses.

Closing edicts

Lessons learned from the 2017 gardening season (so far): Never again: Morning glory (convolvulus): The central mission of this (gorgeous) blue cultivar seemed to be to envelope every plant within its reach, while making sure to release as few flowers as possible in the process. The blooms, when they...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: It's the Plants, Darling
Posted by on October 10, 2017 at 11:23 am   This post has 15 responses.

The Gardens (and More) of Asbury Park, NJ

When I go to the beach it’s in the spring or fall, and even in glorious weather like we’re enjoying this week, I don’t really lie on the beach. As a plantaholic, I gravitate toward nearby gardens and plant-filled natural areas instead. There the blogger in me takes over,...

Continue Reading

Read related articles in: Real Gardens
Posted by on October 5, 2017 at 7:40 am   This post has Comments Off on The Gardens (and More) of Asbury Park, NJ.
« Previous        |        Next »