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 →

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 →

No Longer Winter

Is there anything more miraculous than taking a walk on a late January afternoon in zone 7a and encountering masses of flowers?  Not "winter interest", no, but full-on, voluptuous, lipstick-colored blossoms? This is Camellia 'Autumn Pink Icicle' -- thriving at Green Spring Gardens -- which is a hybrid of the already cold hardy 'Pink Icicle',... Continue Reading →

In Praise of the Boxwood

The boxwood gods have always smiled upon me.  Despite what I've read about gardeners having difficulties with Buxus, every single boxwood I've planted in my garden has performed admirably while asking almost nothing in return.  (I only wish I could find such favor with whatever wrathful deities oversee Camellia and Viburnum.) I have eight varieties of boxwood growing... Continue Reading →

High Maintenance Plants & People

Behold my Camellia 'Niccio’s Bella Rossa': Sad, right? Let me tell you the story of this plant. I spotted her a few years ago at the garden center – in bloom – and was immediately smitten. Anxiously, I checked the tag. Zone 8, it said. Prefers acid soil. I can make it work, I thought, disregarding my... Continue Reading →

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