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Pollinator Talk – Live and in Person!

Please join me at Long Hill, a historic garden in Beverly, MA, on Boston's North Shore - live and in person for the first time since March 2019. On August 27 at 6:00 p.m. I will show photos of gorgeous gardens and give tips on Designing With Plenty for Pollinators.  The event will be held [...]

By |2021-07-18T10:29:16-04:00July 18th, 2021|Categories: Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Pollinator Talk – Live and in Person!

Make Lovely Lovage Soup

Inspired by my friend Betsy Williams' intriguing lovage soup and lovage-lemon pesto, I decided to get better acquainted with this leafy perennial herb. Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is widely cultivated throughout Europe and parts of Asia, but it's not so common in these parts. Fortunately, Gilbertie's Herbs grows it (organically), so I was able to purchase [...]

By |2021-06-17T18:49:35-04:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Make Lovely Lovage Soup

A Matter of Timing

Living in one place for a long time, I've begun to develop my own phenology (not phrenology; the bumps on my head are from looking at plants without watching where I'm going). Definition: the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life. The USA National Phenology [...]

By |2021-06-17T18:42:43-04:00June 1st, 2021|Categories: Clues|Comments Off on A Matter of Timing

Like an Oak

A venerable oak presided on the far side of a hump of land behind the house where I grew up. Deeply rooted, steady, its head was in the clouds and arms open wide to embrace whatever came its way. It seemed to stand guard over some wonderful secret, and it dropped the biggest acorns I'd [...]

By |2021-06-17T18:21:32-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Views|Comments Off on Like an Oak

Make a Cheap, Easy, Lazy-Way Compost Bin

Along with doing what I can to keep water on my property, I compost most garden and food waste. Compost - naturally decomposed organic material - improves soil structure, enhancing its ability to hold air and water, yet drain well. It is not fertilizer. Fertilizer is like vitamins. You can't live on vitamins. Compost is [...]

By |2021-04-26T19:03:23-04:00April 26th, 2021|Categories: How-To's|Comments Off on Make a Cheap, Easy, Lazy-Way Compost Bin

Plants I’ve Loved and Tossed

We all fall in love with plants - and then at some point, we're so over it. I've loved and lost many plants over the past 30+ years. But I've loved and tossed plenty of them too. Sometimes a plant just isn't as interesting as I first thought. Or it was a hot new release [...]

By |2021-04-26T18:51:16-04:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Plants I’ve Loved and Tossed

Small Actions and Satisfactions

Small actions can keep us mindful. Actions have reactions, whether they happen far away or right at home, whether we see them or not. Every spring, when the fever to plant runs high, I remember the words of Bill Duesing, founding executive director of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc.). "We grow lettuce (which is 95% [...]

By |2021-04-26T18:40:58-04:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Views|Comments Off on Small Actions and Satisfactions

Get Amaryllis to Bloom Again Next Year

Amaryllis (properly Hippeastrum) are the gifts that keep on giving. This year I've had the privilege of filling my house with top-sized potted bulbs from White Flower Farm. No more cheap supermarket bulbs for me. Eventually the show will be over.  But after enjoying two or three bloom stems with clusters of colorful trumpets, I'm [...]

By |2021-03-07T09:08:10-05:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Garden Coaching, How-To's|Comments Off on Get Amaryllis to Bloom Again Next Year

Forget the Rules – It’s Your Garden

My "there are no rules" attitude and "keep throwing color at it until it sings" way of gardening doesn't work for everyone, especially beginners afraid of making mistakes. There are no mistakes. That's how you learn. But it does help to have some guidance. Although Stephanie Cohen and Nancy Ondra's Perennial Gardener's Design Primer was [...]

By |2021-03-07T08:53:51-05:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Books, Clues|Comments Off on Forget the Rules – It’s Your Garden

Playing With Color

Color is so personal. We all gravitate toward certain colors and color combinations. Our choices express our personalities and creativity. Favorite colors make us feel good. I love gold foliage in the garden. It makes dynamic combinations with other colors and looks like sunshine. One of my clients thinks gold plants look diseased. Don't let [...]

By |2021-03-07T08:35:50-05:00February 7th, 2021|Categories: Views|Comments Off on Playing With Color