Isn't it wonderful to see color again outside? Yes, the sky is still grey, and most of the trees are still bare. But there's yellow and purple and pink punctuating the landscape with exclamation points. I know it's early yet, but it's a good idea to plan for next spring right now, before the bulbs are done and the garden is taken over by perennials. Before we forgot just how lovely this month is, and how it does our eyes good to see color again. I'm jotting down a few notes i
I am going to assume that all my readers already understand that a garden is art. Yes, it's hard work, it's dirty, it's uncomfortable at times. And when you find a cutworm or a slug, it doesn't feel beautiful. But art isn't always beautiful, is it? Art is our expression of inward thoughts, feelings, motivations. It's letting the inside out. Sometimes, art needs a frame, something to show it off. That's how I like to think of the things I add to my garden, the things that don'
I thought today should just be a little showing off, a little preening. One of my climbers, stretching to be seen. A late season David Austen Rose hiding behind white phlox. The combination of scents is intoxicating. One of my all-time favorite combinations, black-eyed Susans and Russian sage. Opposites do attract! And the lavender and feverfew in a hopeless tangle that I never could have dreamed up. If I looked this lovely with so little effort, I think I might preen a littl
All the philosophy in the world isn't going to do much to actually pull those weeds. Unfortunately. So, just like every war needs strategy, so every war needs weapons. I have found that in all the wide array of weeding tools out there, there are only two that are essential. Well, three if you're old like me. First comes the small trowel. It must be narrow and pointed to properly dig up those roots. I love the wooden handle as well as the measurements on the side, as this come
My hydrangeas are showing lots of promise for an amazing show this summer. And while I love the display they put on for months, I think this is my favorite part, when they're new, just showing a hint of the color to come. I have transplanted them a few times over the years, and finally found that they are happiest and healthiest in dappled shade. They are facing the south-west, but are sheltered from the bulk of the sun by an old, large apple tree. I haven't messed with the s
I went outside to get my newspaper this morning, and took a walk through my garden . If you stick with me, you will take many a stroll through my garden with me. But, even though the roses are blooming and the hydrangeas are budding up, would you believe it was the buttercups that caught my eye this morning? There's just something about those little, glossy flowers. Maybe it's their happy faces, or the way they cluster close to the ground . Or maybe it's simply because they h