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 →

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 →

This Land is My Land, All Mine!

I've been thinking quite a bit lately about what it means, as a gardener, to actually own my own piece of property.  Sometimes when I am taking my vegetable scraps out to the compost heap, following a route that spans the full expanse of my backyard, I marvel at the fact that the entire vast swath... Continue Reading →

Country Time

Like many of you, every once in awhile I fantasize about living in the country.  I’m pretty sure that if I actually lived in the country, I might turn into a version of Jack Torrance from The Shining and after a couple months of winter start chasing my family around with an ax for lack... Continue Reading →

Aromatherapy

Things have been rough at work lately.  Test scores have plummetted, students are troubled, many teachers are talking mutiny or early retirement.  Morale is generally in the toilet. On the drive home from work, I find that stopping for a large chocolate chip cookie and a Frappuchino from Starbucks is often just the pick-me-up I need to transition from... Continue Reading →

The Optimism of Tiny Trees

I have a vivid memory of eating a Red Delicious apple when I was seven years old and, afterward, regarding the dark seeds embedded in the core. I asked my dad if I planted one of the seeds would we get apples on our own tree next year?  No, he said.  Not next year. Then when?... Continue Reading →

I Gotta Git Me One o’ These Outdoor TVs

While reading the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I stumbled upon a new (to me) trend in outdoor living: Outdoor Televisions! Phew!  It's about time.  I was getting so bored and fidgety just sitting out on my patio with, like, no electronic devices whatsoever, wasting lazy summer evenings in quiet conversation with family or watching the... Continue Reading →

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