When unexpected seedlings appear in the garden, it’s a sign that nature is trying to work in concert with the gardener.
Volunteer seedlings add unexpected delight. Here a clump of foxgloves thrives while a morning glory vine begins its ascent.
As gardeners, we are often reminded that we are not in charge. Despite our best ef [...]
Tres and the fence she built from “pickets” thinned from the forest.
I love looking at people’s front gardens. Unlike the back garden, the front yard is the “public” garden, and it says a lot about the gardener.
Tres, one of my coworkers, has created a remarkable city garden that begins right where the sidewalk [...]
Cutting garden gets a low-maintenance makeover.
Early June in my “sweepable” cutting garden.
When possible, overlap the fabric to avoid any unnecessary cuts. Tuck the edges under, giving yourself a 5″ or 6″ hem, and anchor securely on ends and sides to prevent fraying.
Headed for the dahlias [...]
I was amazed to see these clematis bloom so well the first year after planting. That’s General Sikorski on the right and Venosa Violacea in the middle.
Betty Corning blooms early and has delicate, pendulous, recurved flowers. Look closely and you can see how the leaf stems bend and twist to grab on.
The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever.
The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. The [...]
Make room for a planter of unusual, moisture-loving plants.
After placing a fiberglass screen over the bottom of the bowl, I filled it with dampened peat.
Long-fiber sphagnum peat moss covers the surface to prevent soil splashing and give a natural finished look.
Bog and pond plants intrigue me, but I don’t have [...]
Vermont garden is a nonstop flower show.
The entrance to the manor house at Great Dixter is always flanked by terrific potted plants.
The entrance to Sue’s is a bit different, but a grand entrance, nonetheless.
Last summer, Sue’s display featured Gartenmeister Bonstedt fuchsia, many different coleus varieties, some re [...]
See how honeybees in our backyard formed a new hive. Click on the photos to see the captions. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
You know those interoffice e-mails that you get about mid-afternoon: Please be aware that the refrigerators will be cleaned on Thursday … Well, we got one the other day that started out kind of like that. V [...]