On Washington's National Mall with Aunt Rose.

Aunt Rose’s Garden

The sun rose along the Potomac River on Monday morning and swept across a canopy of bright fall colors. Quickly reaching the huge silver maple, along the fenced property line, then swung straight down the middle of Aunt Rose’s long, narrow Georgetown garden. Nothing momentous had happened overnight. The elections weren’t until the next day. […]

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Posted by on November 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Turning a City Corner into a Garden

I got really tired of looking at this weedy corner, just a block from my home. A city-owned spot, it was filled with poison ivy, English ivy, Japanese honeysuckle, and volunteer shrubs impeding driver visibility. So in August I began The Great Clean-up, which yielded a ginormous pile of...

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Posted by on October 28, 2016 at 8:56 am   This post has 11 responses.

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   This post has one response.

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   This post has 3 responses.

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   This post has 30 responses.

A Prickly Situation

Porcupines are cute, if not cuddly, animals. I just wish one had not targeted my garden. It announced its arrival in early summer by ravaging our raspberry patch. I didn’t know then who was the malefactor. Not only were the berries stripped from the bushes, the canes themselves were...

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Posted by on September 5, 2016 at 9:57 am   This post has 12 responses.

More Garden-Inspired Haiku

Thanks to those of you who enjoyed my garden haiku post last month. Today I have a few more poems to share, inspired by this morning’s beautiful light.         Will you join in? Give us a Haiku (5 syllables, then 7, then 5) glimpse of what’s...

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 at 1:00 am   This post has 10 responses.

New Plants, New Troubles in my Garden

Time for some mid-summer photos! Here in my front yard I’m loving the potted coleus, especially the pot that’s sitting IN a border, serving as a focal point in an otherwise pointless arrangement. It’s paired with the same coleus in another pot nearby – under the hanging petunias. A...

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Posted by on July 15, 2016 at 7:15 am   This post has 4 responses.

Sit a Spell. It’s Not as Easy as You Think.

I seldom sit in my garden. There are too many distractions. I have spots where I like to sit, but as soon as I plop my weary ass down, I see a stray weed. I’m not the only one distracted. Evelyn Hadden fought back. Rather than be dragged down...

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Posted by on July 13, 2016 at 8:12 am   This post has 8 responses.

Praise for Open Gardens

Does your area offer regular open gardens for touring? I’d love to see my town of Boise participate in the national Open Garden program operated by the Garden Conservancy, but we do have a well-run annual tour organized by the Idaho Botanical Garden. Each year, there are six to...

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Posted by on June 15, 2016 at 2:51 am   This post has 2 responses.

I Aspire to Buffalo-Style Gardening

Elizabeth’s recent post about the new term “Buffalo-style gardening” got me thinking. The style is said to be characterized by gardening not landscaping, man-made objects, and less lawn, but to me there’s more to this, my favorite style of gardening ever. I‘d add to the list: color and lots of it,...

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Posted by on June 10, 2016 at 8:16 am   This post has 10 responses.

Felder Rushing’s Mississippi Garden

You may know Felder from his radio show, his books, or one of his highly entertaining talks.  Actually, I’m entertained by everything Felder does so while researching for Good Gardening Videos I was delighted to find this 16-minute tour of his home garden, with plenty of bon mots from...

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Posted by on May 22, 2016 at 10:33 am   This post has 2 responses.

Mom and Dad’s Ohio Garden

Matt Adolph, shown here somewhere in Ohio with his mom, made a home video about his parents’ garden – his mom’s native plants and his dad’s vegetables – and I love it. I came upon this video tour of the Adolph family garden when I was looking for home-garden...

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Posted by on May 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Slices of Spring and Steak

I’ve been on the clock of Jelitto Perennial Seeds for nearly 21 years. I peddle perennial seeds (over 3,500 different items), but from time to time, with my colleagues there, I enjoy the pleasure of wildflowers, gardens, nurseries and even a good steak. It is a great gig. Georg...

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Posted by on April 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm   This post has 12 responses.

Setting the Pace

What a great Spring it has been here in Boise — alternating periods of rain and sun, almost as if Mother Nature knew what the newly emerging and recently planted plants needed for optimal growth. The trees and shrubs are mostly leafed out, and the bumble bees just appeared...

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Posted by on April 20, 2016 at 11:29 am   This post has 7 responses.

Rosemary Up the Ass and the Stinking Hellebore

  Mary Vaananen, a Jelitto Perennial Seeds colleague, emailed sad news on my first day in Florence, Italy. Judith Tyler had died. Jude was a longtime friend. She and her husband, Dick, grew hellebores at their Pine Knot Farms in Clarksville, Virginia. For the next two days, I staggered around...

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Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 7:04 am   This post has 8 responses.

Showing Off My Grandplants

One marker of true success for me as a gardener, a situation in which I feel I’ve received a “gold star” from Nature, is when a plant I’ve placed in the garden produces an offspring. Ecologically, this doesn’t necessarily mean I picked the perfect spot for that plant. A...

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Posted by on April 6, 2016 at 2:55 am   This post has 5 responses.

European Garden Travels with Carolyn

If I ever go on a European garden tour, I’ll choose one that features gardens that are interesting to American gardeners and designers and about gardening today, not the usual tour of gardens that are over 100 years old. It might be a tour designed and led by garden...

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Posted by on February 19, 2016 at 8:35 am   This post has 2 responses.

New Views

As part of a home renovation project, I’m having a few windows replaced. It’s a great time to be thinking about windows because my new garden is still in its formative stages. When I’m indoors, I like to stand or sit right next to a window and drink in...

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Posted by on February 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm   This post has 4 responses.

Landscapes with Healing Powers: Video Tribute to Lava Hot Springs

Occasionally we Ranters pay video tributes to our favorite public gardens, a lovely tradition begun by our own Susan Harris. Here’s a little video ode (videode?) to a sweet destination tucked away in the mountains of southern Idaho, the town of Lava Hot Springs. Hope you will be able...

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Posted by on January 20, 2016 at 6:04 pm   This post has 3 responses.
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