In common terms, it’s often called creeping charlie, gill over the-ground, haymaids, or ground ivy. More often than not, though, gardeners don’t even know its name. They simply call it that plant that won’t stop growing into my flower bed and taking over. They certainly don’t call it salad greens, but they could. [...]
The lilac was ripped apart by the erratic climate. [...]
All across the north, gardeners are observing bizarre warmth and plant growth, and are wondering what the heck to do about it. [...]
Whether these poppies germinated at the beginning of winter, when temperatures remained unusually warm, or had rapid growth triggered by the unusually hot weather we’ve been having over the last week and a half, I can’t be sure of. What I can say is that I have never before seen a March of such unseasonal and robust plant growth in my garden. [...]
A final day of weather above sixty degrees came yesterday afternoon, and the low afternoon light amplified the color of the leaves still hanging on the trees around my house. I divided dianthus, moved a rooted cotoneaster, dug up turf and planted daffodils and tulips.
What are you doing to put your garden to bed?
Why make a Green Man for your garden from a base of polymer clay or papier mache mix or plastic resin or concrete? Such a creation may be many things, but it isn’t made out of what it’s meant to represent. I’ll be darned, but I can’t seem to find anyone describing a way to [...]
Japanese maple for the light filtering through the overlapping leaves
Tall grass for the separation between the leaves and the seed heads
Mint for its mist of pollinators
Catalpa for the absurdly large beanness of it
Apple for the deer it brings
By the calendar, strict dividing lines separate Winter from Spring and Summer from Fall. The natural world knows no hard and fast boundaries. In the middle of August I stepped outside this morning to find an acorn on the ground. Looking around, I found many more, and along with them a smattering of fallen [...]
Sequoia seedlings need a reasonable amount of water to grow, so the desert and arid plains are out. Also, they don’t tolerate temperatures below ten degrees Fahrenheit, so if you live in the northern half of the United States, sequoia probably won’t work well for you. [...]
Here, amid the thyme and lavender, there are no parking lots or big box stores or internal combustion engines.