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 →

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 →

Gah!

I'm all for celebrating insect life in the garden, except when it's something like this: My son enjoys jumping past these azalea bushes in our front yard on the way to the front door.  Luckily he spotted this behemoth before he brushed past it and angered its occupants. Removing the hive was a scary process, but the denizens (which we... Continue Reading →

My Trip to Mount Cuba Center

Mount Cuba Center, in Hockessin, Delaware (near Wilmington), has long been on my garden visit bucket list.  It is a paradise of native Piedmont plants, and an inspiration for all of us living in "suburban woodlands" here in the mid-Atlantic. What I learned: the key to a great Woodland Garden is open shade.  They had... 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 →

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