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2013: It was a year

Yay: I finally can have my vegetables and eat them too. A box of local, organically grown food is delivered to our door every week. We can also go out to the farm once in a while and load up on chickens, excess corn, even flowers. The food-growing thing was just never going to happen […]

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 at 8:45 am   This post has 13 responses.

Garden Sage: One of my Signature Plants

Garden sage (Salvia officinalis) was one of the first useful plants I added to my first garden; my goal was to grow enough that I could use it fresh for Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing. Fifteen years later, I’m on my third garden, and though it is brand new this...

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Posted by on December 18, 2013 at 2:48 am   This post has 24 responses.

My Life With George Bush, Gardener

There is the young boy, barefoot in the garden, gamely holding a long hoe, even if it is much too big for him. Who could have imagined? Did a young George Bush enjoy the garden? He never mentioned a word to me. This is a photo of my grandfather,...

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Posted by on December 11, 2013 at 8:14 am   This post has 3 responses.

Evil, Frivolous Gardener!!!

I am ruining the world. Because I like pretty plants. Because I practice the dubious art of ornamental gardening. Yes – I admit it. I have planted non-native exotic species in my garden. I have planted them in gardens of others. I am one of those thoughtless, arrogant gardeners...

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Posted by on November 27, 2013 at 1:07 am   This post has 149 responses.

‘Scuse Me While I Drive 35 in a 50

Sorry folks. The sourwood hanging out my open trunk can’t take high winds. I know the speed limit is 50 mph, but it’s just a few miles more, I promise. That’s right, sourwood. Oxydendron arboreum. A dandy little understory tree I’ve been coveting since I became a gardener nearly 20...

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Posted by on November 6, 2013 at 12:41 am   This post has 47 responses.

Gardenblogger garden is a stand-out in Nashville

As promised, here’s some show and tell from my recent trip to Nashville, starting with a very cool exhibit by British glass artist Bruce Munro at Cheekwood Garden. And Cheekwood’s scarecrows were lots of fun.  Too bad it was 38 degrees when my group was there to see it...

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Posted by on November 1, 2013 at 10:09 am   This post has 10 responses.

Scary House

Since we don’t know each other very well, I am going to start my association with the venerable Garden Rant with a confession. My house is the “Scary House” It wasn’t ALWAYS like that. My garden was gorgeous! It’s been in magazines and books! My garden was in Martha...

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 am   This post has 65 responses.

When she’s not gardening

As I was driving into work today, I listened to an account of a small solidarity protest held in front of the company that operates our local water system. Apparently, this company, Veolia, was reneging on agreements they had with their transportation workers in Boston. I was bemused that...

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Posted by on October 25, 2013 at 9:35 am   This post has 4 responses.

Surprise Me With Grits and Weeds For the Sweet Hereafter

A few years ago, the father of a friend lay near death, and there were the usual matters to clean up before the end. His last will sorted out, the bedridden father was asked: “Do you want to be buried or cremated?” He propped up on his elbows, cocked...

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Posted by on October 23, 2013 at 8:10 am   This post has 6 responses.

A Tale of Two Gardens

I have two gardens and can barely keep up with one. The first garden is in Louisville, where Rose and I have lived for 18 years. It’s on a one-third acre city lot, down the street from the Olmsted-designed Cherokee Park. It’s planted with perennials, trees, shrubs, and a...

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 at 10:09 am   This post has 15 responses.

On transitioning to a pollinator garden

The Greenbelt “Less Lawn” tour that I organized finally happened on Sunday and it was, by all accounts, a raging success.  But before assessing its impact on the town, it actually had one on my very own garden. After all the sprucing up for the tour I concluded that the five...

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Posted by on September 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm   This post has 19 responses.

Tiny Gardens in Greenwich Village

I’ve posted about the big famous gardens I saw in New York City earlier this month (here and here), but I also got a kick out of the small gardens all around me. Greenwich Village, where I was staying, has lots of charm and gardeners, including the terrific one...

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 at 8:00 am   This post has 13 responses.

Tough Beauty Versus Delicate Beauty

When I first started gardening, I wanted the crazy roses I only saw in books, never in real yards.  The giant shrubs and climbers with the beautiful small flat double flowers.  I had recently moved to upstate New York, zone 4, back when it meant something to be that far...

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Posted by on August 20, 2013 at 9:56 am   This post has 17 responses.

The Assistants

My fair city of Saratoga Springs, NY really feels like a city in the Adirondack woods. We are very close to the southeastern border of the Adirondack Park, and the city is old enough so that there are numerous giant trees along the streets and in the yards.  Many of...

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Posted by on August 13, 2013 at 11:10 am   This post has 13 responses.

How to Win Friends and Influence the Environment: Put on a Garden Tour

Garden tours don’t have to be about conventional garden aesthetics; they can also teach tour-goers to be better stewards of their land, while creating more beauty for them and their community. So in that spirit, I’m organizing a garden tour for my town, one with a theme – Less...

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Posted by on August 9, 2013 at 8:43 am   This post has 18 responses.

Totally Silly?

Like most of humanity, I am a largely inexplicable and highly individual mixture of profligacy and frugality.  I think I should only wear the nicest Italian shoes, which are no longer affordable for the middle class.  So I wait like a cat in the bushes watching a bird, until they...

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 at 6:20 am   This post has 28 responses.

Winterthur in Summer

The Winterthur Garden (okay, and museum and library) in Wilmington, DE is an easy day-trip for me, but I’d never seen it until last month.  The reason?  I thought it was just for spring.  Famously so, of course, because it’s a garden with the big idea of being a...

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Posted by on July 12, 2013 at 8:35 am   This post has 4 responses.

Beach Gardens and Family Secrets

Recently the weather was too glorious to resist going to the beach for the day, especially since it was mid-week and the kids were still in schools – no crowds!  So off to Rehoboth Beach, DE, where I walked the boardwalk and then rented a bike so I could...

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 at 6:35 am   This post has 8 responses.

A Passion for Turfgrass, and other Matters of Taste

I’m not thoroughly anti-lawn, unlike some of my Lawn Reform comrades, especially the ones who live in desert climates.  My beefs with turfgrass here on the Wet Coast are that it does virtually nothing for wildlife and that when it’s cared for in a certain way – the Scotts ideal...

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm   This post has 21 responses.

The Animals and Garden Amenities of Plantsman David Culp

Not long ago I confessed that I was scheming to see David Culp’s Pennsylvania garden, made glorious in his book The Layered Garden.  And yesterday that blogger pushiness paid off when I attended his book (re)launch in the very same garden, which did not disappoint. David’s makes his living...

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 at 8:19 am   This post has 13 responses.
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