How the Grinch Recycled the Seasons

By |December 3, 2022|Real Gardening|17 Comments

Streetcleaners scrubbed downtown Louisville this week. No more sodden leaves. Christmas wreaths of evergreens, pinecones and red bows suggested hope; leftover curbside planters suggested otherwise. Our garden is betwixt and between—neither hopeful nor hopeless. It is either a forlorn faux [...]

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Crazy About Carpinus

By |November 16, 2022|12 Comments

In truth, there's not a lot of difference between the 20 or so hornbeam species, so collecting them might have been a little crazy. Still, I’m glad I did. They're all really nice trees. I've got specimens scattered around the yard and I've given several away to friends who are now in my debt and, because of that, try their best to overlook the awful things I routinely say and do when I'm around them. One thing I'll say about hornbeams that I can't say about most of my friends, they look wonderful from a distance and even better up close. 

Time for houseplant fun

By |September 20, 2022|15 Comments

Yes, houseplants can be fun, and, in a month or so, after I finish with bulbs, they’ll be the only plants I’m tending until spring.  I’ve never been sure why, usually when longtime gardeners gather, mentions of [...]

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