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It’s not too late

You can still register for this year’s bloggers’ get-together. The sixth annual Garden Bloggers Fling in San Francisco happens June 28-30; its itinerary includes tours of private gardens (a sample above), tours of public spaces like Filoli and the Conservatory of Flowers, a photography workshop with Saxon Holt, and much more—including, of course the rare […]

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Posted by on March 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm   This post has 5 responses.

How to Teach a Town to Garden – Ideas, Please!

The Mission To turn my mostly-lawn community of 1,600 townhouses, some with incredibly large yards, into a place with gardens that benefit the environment and humans, too.   We do have large trees and lots of geometrically shaped hedges, but that’s about it, except for the houses on the perimeter...

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 at 9:13 am   This post has 39 responses.

The Cocktail Garden: Before and After

Last week I posted garden designer Susan Morrison’s lovely hand-drawn plans of my cocktail garden, which she designed in response to my desperate plea for help. You can see the final results in the February issue of Sunset magazine, but maybe you’d like to see where we started. Because...

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Posted by on January 30, 2013 at 4:02 am   This post has 12 responses.

Snow in Buffalo—whoda thunk it?

It  has been a while since we had a real storm.

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Posted by on December 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm   This post has 3 responses.

Off the Leash

I’ve had Henry, a big handsome alpha dog, for the last two years. People say he’s badly trained. I’m not sure. Like the other members of my household, Henry definitely has a will of his own and yanks me around sometimes on the leash, but I often find him...

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Posted by on October 26, 2012 at 10:02 am   This post has 21 responses.

Awesome Annuals in the Smithsonian Gardens

Everyone loves the Smithsonian museums on D.C.’s National Mall, but gardener-tourists also love their gardens.  Here’s a sampling from mid-October, when I particularly admired (and will copy!) their use of annuals. By email, the Smithsonian’s supervisory horticulturist Jonathan Kavelier told me that “These plantings also include Amaranthus and Cuphea,...

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 at 7:36 am   This post has 20 responses.

Update from my Community Garden Plot

Back in June I was complaining that I still didn’t have space in my town’s community gardens, though I was enjoying just going there and hanging out with the critters and the occasional gardener.  Well, thanks to some neighborhood schmoozing in July, I was offered space in a nice...

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 at 9:17 am   This post has 10 responses.

The Gardens of San Miguel

There’s one garden in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico that’s known to residents and visitors alike and it’s “El Jardin” right in the center of the Colonial city.  What’s interesting and even iconic about this city park is the way the trees are pruned – into always-perfect flat spheres. ...

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Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 10:01 am   This post has 11 responses.

Sunflower sutra

There is a climactic scene in the charming if strange independent movie Elvis & Anabelle. The lead male character, Elvis, a budding mortician, is about to commit suicide when he notices out his window that a field of sunflowers has magically burst into bloom outside his window. The sight...

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm   This post has 15 responses.

Neighbors—can’t live with ‘em, can’t kill ‘em

If you want to appreciate the widest possible range of opinions about gardening, talk to gardeners about their neighbors. Because, you know, nobody really wants to admit that their neighbor might have the right idea (about anything), and most of us have had mild-to-medium plant-related disagreements with the property...

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Posted by on September 24, 2012 at 7:57 am   This post has 22 responses.

My new favorite botanic garden – in Mexico!

I’m back home after a whirlwind visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for my niece’s wedding and my bags are still unpacked, but my photos are fully loaded and ready to post. First up, the jardin botanico called El Charco del Ingenio, on the outskirts of town. Between...

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 am   This post has 7 responses.

The High Line backlash

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit the High Line yet, I’m sorry to have to tell you that it’s over. Already. At least according to a New York Times op-ed by Jeremiah Moss, in which the writer condemns the West Side elevated park succinctly:...

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 at 7:58 am   This post has 18 responses.

Start your day with Garden Photos from Fine Gardening

I usually start my day by for checking email and news of more gaffes by clueless candidates for office but Michelle Gervais, an editor of Fine Gardening Magazine, suggested I try subscribing to her morning emails of garden photos submitted by readers.  I did and I’m already hooked. Michelle...

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Posted by on August 21, 2012 at 10:01 am   This post has 10 responses.

Just add water

Our official status in Western New York is “moderate drought.” I can’t really remember the last soaking rain we got—maybe a couple times in June and a couple more in July—and the temps have ranged into the 90s with regularity. That’s unusual here. There are no watering restrictions that...

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Posted by on August 20, 2012 at 8:49 am   This post has 10 responses.

Another New Garden Revealed

Readers may remember when I revealed the front garden at my new rowhouse, complaining at the time that I couldn’t plant anything in the back garden until construction was done.  Well, after seven months of workers and inspectors and three-jurisdiction permit purgatory, my life is at last quiet.  And...

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 at 8:56 am   This post has 12 responses.

Performance anxiety

In spite of drought, heat, and relentless animal assaults, there will be no quarter asked or given this weekend, when thousands of walkers fan out among the gardens of Buffalo. They’re not going to understand or appreciate beds and containers filled with wilting plants and/or chewed-up plants, or the...

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 at 8:16 am   This post has 7 responses.

A Theme of Complaint

“Every man may be observed to have …some peculiar theme of complaint on which he dwells in his moments of dejection.” Samuel Johnson I was having a delightful phone conversation with my old boss last week.  He always makes me laugh and gives the best advice of anybody.  We...

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm   This post has 11 responses.

Color in the (House and) Garden

You know what I like even more than the grandest of professionally designed gardens? Personal gardens, the funkier and more colorful the better.  And I found a fabulous one the other day, thanks to a garden-coaching client wanting to show me the best garden in his neighborhood.  Indeed it...

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 at 8:23 am   This post has 14 responses.

Longing for space in a community garden

Before even moving to my new town last December, I inquired about getting a plot at the local community garden.  I’ve declared first on the waiting list since April.  It’s late June and still, I wait. But I’m in active waiting mode.   I visit the gardens (three of them)...

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 at 10:37 am   This post has 17 responses.

Patience With the Experiment

Though gardeners are supposed to put down roots, I’ve made an awful lot of vegetable gardens in the last decade. When I first bought a weekend place in the country, I made a garden right behind the house. It worked well in high summer, but my fall crops did...

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Posted by on June 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm   This post has 29 responses.
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