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How to Garden Without Giving Up Your Summer

Spring’s among my favorite time of year; I’ve been snow bound for months, and love the longer days and warmer temperatures, plus I know that some of my favorite spring bulbs are going to be showing their colors. Yay! In case you’re just thinking bulbs for spring, let me give you a short list of other things you just might want to try:

  • Shrubs – Quince (awesome red), forsythia (I go wild for that cheery yellow), Japanese witch hazel (scented and cool flowers), lilac, ornamental cherry and apricot, magnolia
  • Perennials – Columbines, bleeding hearts, Welsh poppy, primrose, trillium
  • Bulbs (of course) – Wood anemone, crocus, crown imperial, narcissus
  • Trees – Try the Sycamore tree this year for a bit of nostalgia.

Gardening For a Busy Summer

I read an article the other day, about the garden’s of a woman who focused on four season gardening, making sure there’s year round interest. Her beds were absolutely beautiful, and at first I found myself thinking, “Wow, I wish I could have that”, but I know myself well enough, winter is my down time; to reflect over the previous year, pour over seed catalogues and their great pictures, shovel snow instead of weed. One important thing to consider when planning your garden is how you want to use it, and when you’re going to be around to care for it. While spring, summer and fall are the times I’m most interested in gardening, I have a friend who spends most of his free time in the summer at his cottage up north. My recommendation to him: Don’t garden for the summer, you’re not going to be around to enjoy the show anyway, be a two to three season gardener instead. Next week, on being a spring gardener.


My Little Buttercup

Now that my garden is coming to a close for the fall, I’m finding myself turn to the kitchen more, puttering around the stove while I contemplate what I’d like to add to my vegetable garden next year so that I can enjoy more of it this time of year. For some reason when the days get shorter I’m even more . . . → Read More: My Little Buttercup


Feast for a Frost Day Celebration

Finally Frost Day has arrived!! I’ve been eagerly awaiting it for the last couple of weeks, a little bit envious of some of the colder areas of the country. I know it came because I awoke to a garden filled with shrivelled up foliage, signaling the end of a fantastic garden year. Over the last couple of weeks . . . → Read More: Feast for a Frost Day Celebration


Mysteries of the Stella D’oro

My end of season daylily blooms illustrate why I like Stella D’oro as much as I do. Stella’s been around for 35 years, and remains popular for its long bloom cycles. The thing I noticed the with my latest blooms is that they have a very different appearance from my summer blooms. Overall they’re smaller and  have . . . → Read More: Mysteries of the Stella D’oro


October Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

Enjoying one of the warmest Octobers in a long time, I’m pleased with some of the gems at bloom in my garden.

Still blooming Portulaca, I love how different it looks every year

Toad Lilies my end of season splurge for the year

This Knockout Rose is the only surviving one of three. . . . → Read More: October Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day


How to Build Childhood Memories

I love this picture of my daughter from when she was a little girl, she’s absolutely devouring this lilac with her nose. I have no idea what her earliest garden memory is going to be when she’s grown, but almost hope it’s this one. When she and her brother were little, and . . . → Read More: How to Build Childhood Memories


Proof That Your Greengrocer May Be Ripping You Off

Disguised to protect the innocent, photographic evidence that you may be being overcharged by your grocer. $15 for a 3 oz package of leaf lettuce and it’s not even organic!

If you’re committed to eating healthier, but worried that you won’t be able to without breaking your budget, cheer up! Spring crops are great candidates for fall planting . . . → Read More: Proof That Your Greengrocer May Be Ripping You Off


On Finding the Strength to Say Goodbye

Handful of Blooms

A fantastic afternoon of weeding, digging, and readying my garden beds for fall has allowed me to put things in order and also to come to a decision I’ve been wrestling with all summer: The marigolds, they’ve got to go.  

I realized that I really needed to take charge of the situation after glancing at them . . . → Read More: On Finding the Strength to Say Goodbye


Mother Nature’s Top 5 Tips For Selecting WOW Factor Plants

Several years ago, “WOW factor” became the new catch phrase at work, as in “What is your WOW factor”? Hopefully I have enough “WOW” going for me, but chatting with an old work friend who’s lucky enough to have moved on to a more satisfying career, I was reminded of it again. I’d like to take the . . . → Read More: Mother Nature’s Top 5 Tips For Selecting WOW Factor Plants