Category Archives: Garden

“…as if she laid an asteroid.”

That’s part of a Mark Twain quote; here it is in its entirety – “Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.”   Well, excuse me, Mr. Twain, but … Continue reading

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The Magic of Sheet Mulch

If you could do something now to save yourself a lot of garden toil in the spring, would you be interested?  I know; it’s getting cold out and the holidays are approaching.  Who wants to think about preparing a garden … Continue reading

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Grasses, Please – Hold the Mower!

“In the laying out of lawns and artistic gardens, a few of the many beautiful hardy grasses should not be overlooked.  Their stateliness, tropic luxuriance, and soft colors harmoniously punctuate the prevailing green, while their graceful, sinuous yielding to every … Continue reading

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Sometimes a girl’s just gotta have a big blue pot…

I’ve wanted one for years; I’ve always said…….someday.  I have some screwy conflicts in my head about money sometimes – I can be very decisive about a really large purchase, but agonize over something for $50.  Well, this beautiful blue … Continue reading

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A Perfect First Fruit Tree

One evening, when I was five years old, I ate an entire package of Fig Newtons.  The result was entirely predictable and I never ate another one or anything containing figs until more than forty years later.  As childhood traumas … Continue reading

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Beauty Bides Its Time

Plants are amazing survivors, this I know, but I witnessed something in my yard that really surprised me. Last year, in January, I had to have a large oak tree removed because of its condition.  It shaded at least half … Continue reading

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My Neighbor’s Lilies

My next door neighbor’s house is up for sale and she’s moved to Texas to begin her new life and new marriage.  I wish her well.  This morning during my stroll through my side garden, I caught a glimpse, through … Continue reading

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Is Your Garden Listed in the Butterfly Travel Guide?

It could be, with very little work or expense – just some basic ingredients and you’ll be on your way! I’m a big fan of wildlife in the garden, both as a gardener and as a designer; in fact, in … Continue reading

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Dad

My dad’s birthday is June 20th, so every year, in the middle of June I make my pilgrimage to the card shop to find birthday and Father’s Day cards for him.  Just the proximity of the two special days makes … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

A year ago this week, I toured the New York Botanical Garden with my cousins.  Here are some shots taken in the gorgeous Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, which contains more than 3500 plants and over 600 varieties of roses.

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