Cold Weather Ruminations

The weather forecast this week is sobering: high of 34 today, 32 tomorrow...high of 23 next Tuesday! These are the hardest weeks for me as a gardener and human being.  I planted my bulbs ('Cynthia' tulips and 'Ruby Giant' crocus) in mid November under a smiling fall sun.  As recently as last week, I was... Continue Reading →

Care for a Black Walnut?

I've got plenty. And plenty still to come: This is a nifty nut collector made by the folks at Garden Weasel.  What a treat to discover a yard device that requires no engine and makes no noise, that is so simply designed and yet works beautifully. Just roll it along the ground and the nuts... Continue Reading →

Sedge Allegiance

This WaPo article by Adrian Higgins about sedges has been going around among my garden-oriented acquaintances, so I thought I'd share my own sedge experiences. I've got two types of sedge in abundance: Carex pensylvanica and Carex flaccosperma. Here is a spot where I've got quite a bit of C. pensylvanica: This started as 3... Continue Reading →

Fairfax County Sustainable Garden Tour

A few shots from Fairfax County's 2017 Sustainable Garden Tour: This year the gardens were in the Alexandria area -- some down around Mason Neck, others near Mount Vernon, and then all the way up to the Rose Hill area.  There were 9 in all but I only made it to four because it was... Continue Reading →

Wealthy, Benevolent Homeowners Open Homes and Gardens to the Great Unwashed

Well, another season of open homes & gardens has come and gone.  This year I spent three full days touring a variety of homes and gardens in my state, Virginia.  They were all great!  I loved the old stone home overlooking the Potomac with the lush shade garden of bleeding heart and ferns, the gigantic Tudor... Continue Reading →

I am Not a Science-Based Gardener

If my Facebook feed and many prominent gardening blogs are any indication, "science-based gardening" is trending.  Here is my feeling about that: Zzzzzzzzzzz. Hey, I know there's a lot of bad gardening advice out there, and it's great that there are strong and trustworthy voices ready to stamp it out, but gardening is just not... Continue Reading →

Great Day to Be Alive

When it's close to 70 degrees on February 18 it seems like there is very little in the world worth complaining about.  Even the traffic on New York Avenue seems worth it once you're finally at the National Arboretum walking among these beauties: (Prunus mume and Edgeworthia in the Chinese/Japanese Pavilion Gardens) Even the often dour... Continue Reading →

Melania Trump Vows to Preserve Obama Garden

Though many of her husband's projects are likely to be uprooted, there is good news for Michelle Obama's vegetable garden. Looks like Melania Trump is fond of gardening, too.  Or at least fond of gardens. This weekend, Mrs.Trump accompanied Akie Abe, the wife of the Japanese prime minister, to Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden in Delray, Florida. ... Continue Reading →

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