Random Thoughts About Floral Design

Here are a couple of arrangements I made in a flower arranging class I took last week with my sister: Now for my random thoughts: 1) The theme of this particular class was "Succulents." Apparently succulents are all the rage in the flower design world as well as the gardening world generally.  The owner of... 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 →

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 →

It will one day be clear to all

One more tidbit from Henry Mitchell before I have to return the book to the library: When I peer about my little garden, which is sometimes so beautiful, I never admire this plant or that plant without a certain awe that beneath the surface and structural beauty that even the coarsest human eye can see... Continue Reading →

Today: a Surprise in the Carex

Look what I found sunbathing out in my Carex pensylvanica today: He seemed to realize that he would be well camouflaged among the dried out Carex rather than among the autumn ferns or sarcococca further up the slope. He also matches my wall almost EXACTLY. p.s. it really bothers me that pensylvanica only has one n.  What... Continue Reading →

Lunchtime Reading

"People like gardening because it differs from the "efficiency" of modern life.  People like to dig, and they like to dig with the same spade or fork that their predecessors used a thousand years before them. They like to tie up grapevines.  They like to prune great climbing roses.  They like to stake lilies.  I... 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 →

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