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Tulip solution: species in the ground, hybrids in pots

These were taken out of the garage in March and have flower buds about 4-5 inches up. I think all the pots are either Prinses Irene/Passionale, or Black Hero/Orange Princess. If you want to treat hybrid tulips as annuals—and I know that’s not for everyone—this is the easiest way to do it. No digging them […]

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 at 5:29 am   This post has 12 responses.

Making Nature Irresistible

Rant readers, please welcome Ken Druse, one of the few garden writers whose work I find truly exciting. Druse is the author of 17 books about ornamental gardening, including The Natural Shade Garden, Planthropology, and a supremely useful book just released in paperback, Making More Plants: The Science, Art, and Joy of...

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm   This post has 8 responses.

An elegant species slumming it in my yard

Michele’s Friday post will be up soon. In the meantime, are you (those in my zone-ish) enjoying your first species tulips of the season? This is humulis “Persian Pearl,” I love the sharply defined silver and purple, kind of like the panels on a pre-1800s ballgown. There are some...

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Posted by on April 6, 2012 at 6:31 am   This post has 11 responses.

Goodnight, ladies

” More this. Less this. In a retooling of the Dig.Drop.Done. campaign, which I’ve written about here, it looks like we won’t be seeing the three cartoon-y “ladies” who were central to a bulbs-as-lifestyle marketing narrative. They’ll be dropped, at least for the time being. Are they done? Maybe...

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Posted by on April 2, 2012 at 5:25 am   This post has 11 responses.

The Magnolias Are Confused and So Am I

March is defnitely the cruelest month.  I never heard the phrase “mud season” until I moved to upstate New York 20 years ago, but March is it, mud season. Of course, April is no cakewalk, either.  I can usually count on there being snow on the ground in Saratoga...

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am   This post has 18 responses.

Kat Kinsman of Eatocracy: Woman After My Own Heart

I really enjoy Kat Kinsman’s playfully broad definition of food reporting on CNN’s Eatocracy site, and she makes me laugh on Twitter. But today, she ventures into the vegetable garden in a delightfully sloppy and inexpert way, with precisely the right message for beginners: Don’t worry if you’re doing it...

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm   This post has 5 responses.

Worm Giveaway–We Have a Winner!

Wow.  I think we got more comments on our earthworm post than we've ever had.  Clearly you people are into your worms. And our winner, chosen with a little help from a random number generator, is–Janet at The Queen of Seaford. She's already a worm lover, so now we...

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 at 5:04 am   This post has one response.

More on the sustainability of federal landscapes

I was pretty excited to report on new guidelines for sustainable federal properties, but wondered how enforceable these guidelines are and promised to try to find out more.  I did.  It's a bit discouraging.  I talked with Ray Mims, the point guy on pulling together input from 31 agencies...

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Posted by on March 27, 2012 at 5:56 am   This post has 7 responses.

Can’t Wait for School to Start!

It's a bizarrely early spring here in upstate New York.  I've never started planting out of doors at the same moment I've started tomato seedlings in the basement, but that's where we are this year.  Ready to go! I've been looking at my own garden with something of a...

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 at 7:53 am   This post has 11 responses.

Living dangerously?

What's the point of keeping forced tulips inside when it's 75 out—my patio could use the color. It’s lucky that a greenhouse bursting with perennials in not close at hand, because who knows how crazy I might get this spring. Buffalo is balmy; so are most of the contiguous...

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Posted by on March 19, 2012 at 5:41 am   This post has 23 responses.

Daylight Savings Time: Farmers hate it, gardeners may like it, and the rest just go shopping

Sunrise from my house at 7:30. It’s disconcerting to be plunged back into early am darkness as I get ready for work, but it’s even more disconcerting to hear that, far from saving anything, Daylight Saving Time actually increases residential energy use as well as gasoline consumption. I read...

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 at 5:52 am   This post has 16 responses.

A New Leaf

I never was a seed starter.  There was a nursery near me that for a long time had a fantastic selection of vegetable seedlings.  But then the lovely people who owned it sold their house, moved to the South, and only returned in the spring and early summer to...

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 at 6:37 am   This post has 33 responses.

Sunset–We Have a Winner!

Congrats to Maggie at Slotharium–she wins a copy of the new Sunset book for her haiku:   Grandma's edition advised using DDT yet I still keep it Thanks for playing, everybody!

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm   This post has Comments Off on Sunset–We Have a Winner!.

Assembling Natural Companions

The always stylish and inspiring Ken Druse has just published a new book titled Natural Companions: The Garden Lover's Guide to Plant Combinations.  In order to illustrate these happy relationships, Druse collaborated with photographer Ellen Hoverkamp, who turned groups of plants working together at particular moments in particular gardens into...

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 at 6:30 am   This post has 5 responses.

We have a winner!

Commenter ELSA will take away the alpines. Thanks, Joseph and Arrowhead Alpines!

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 at 4:54 am   This post has Comments Off on We have a winner!.

Wicked Plants: The Case of the Missing Index

I regularly hear from readers who want to know why Wicked Plants doesn't have an index.  It was a mistake, I tell them.  But it's hard to understand how an index could be accidentally left out of a book unless you understand how the production process works. Once the...

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 at 5:36 am   This post has 8 responses.

Here’s How to Beat The Snowless Winter Blues

Another fantabulous video made by my genius neighbor Sean O'Donnell.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 9:47 am   This post has one response.

An irreverent plantmaster strikes again

Now we know what it takes to get people in State College, PA excited about plants in the middle of winter. Just include caricatures of the major players in Penn State’s recent sex abuse scandal as part of the anarchic mash-up of headline-makers appearing on the cover of this...

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 at 5:00 am   This post has 9 responses.

Eliot, Nice To Get To Know You Better

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Raver's New York TImes piece this week on vegetable gardening's sovereign couple: Eliot Coleman, author of among others Four-Season Harvest and Barbara Damrosch, author of among others The Garden Primer.   Coleman, who spent his youth travelling, skiing, rock-climbing, and kayak racing, delighted me particularly because...

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 9:08 am   This post has 10 responses.

The Extra Edibles

Today we have a Guest Rant from Willi Galloway, who has just published Grow, Cook, Eat, a vegetable gardening guide that includes recipes, too.  I particularly enjoyed Galloway’s intrepid way of looking at the entire vegetable plant, not just the parts that you can find in the supermarket.  That’s what...

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 5:58 am   This post has 18 responses.
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