While the presence of September chive blossoms themselves isn’t unpleasant, their reminder of the significant shift in climate we’re seeing is unnerving, and brings to mind questions of what kind of winter we’ll have this year. Unpredictability grows into insecurity, in the garden. [...]
I hear the sound of acorns falling. I feel acorns underfoot beneath the oak tree. The blueberries and blackberries are gone. The second round of snap peas has sprouted. The lily stalks look like they could be part of a basket. The trees swarmed by Japanese beetles are brown.
How do you know autumn is [...]
Dad: Why did you take so long coming up the hill?
Son: Oh, I was just looking at those pink plants by the road.
Dad: Did you like the flowers?
Son: They were OK, but I really like the seed pods. Do you know what they do?
Dad: Yes; just be sure not to bring [...]
In the automobile industry, the end of a calendar summer is the beginning of the next model year. So it goes with vegetables, but in carbon-neutral fashion.
Garden fashion magazines depict the cultivation of flowers and food as a thoroughly bright, clean, color-saturated experience. But this yesterday I find myself at a desaturated end, [...]
Gardening is more difficult, and more rewarding, and more complex, than what’s shown in Better Homes and Gardens. The magazine I’d like to see instead might be entitled Actual Homes and Gardens. [...]
Two garden activities await me this morning. The first looks forward – I’ll be trying to propagate lavender cuttings, which are supposed to do well when started towards the end of summer as well as in springtime. The second looks backward – I’ll be cutting down all the dead stalks of the many plants that [...]
People who mow their lawns to be neat and tidy and short miss the pleasure of bronze colored seed heads.
Republicans 188 and 25 Democrats voted to cut the Botanic Garden budget. 41 Republicans and 152 Democrats voted against the cuts. Why should there be a partisan divide on an issue of gardening? [...]
Sage requires no burning of gasoline for mowing. It only needs to be renewed, through cuttings taken from old plants, and stuck in soil that remains moist, to become new, young plants. [...]
It once was lawn where these ferns used to grow, but now, in the lee of a row of stacked firewood, there is permission for a higher kind of leaf. Every year, the size of the patch expands, as these ferns don’t just blow in on the wind as spores, but also take on new [...]
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. [...]