Bee friendly this pollinator week

Much has been written about the alarming threats to our bee populations and the benefits of adding natives to attract pollinators of all types to your habitat.  In honor of National Pollinator Week, I think I’ll try this fun-looking project to welcome more bees into our garden, courtesy of the Pollinator Partnership. In honor of […]

A Spring planter

In this planter, ferns and heuchera are joined by some violas.  Some moss completes the composition.  The results seem to be deer-proof, so far — and shade-tolerant.  As perennials, they can be relocated to another part of the garden at the end of the season, to return again next Spring.

Catching up

We recently celebrated the first year anniversary of living in our new home. If Year 1 was about improving our home’s infrastructure, Year 2 is about the garden.  And this has been a do-it-yourself season!  I’ll post the entire before-and-afters at some point.  Right now, take a tour through some early spring highlights. More soon! […]

Rhubarb and radishes

I have three or four posts worth of content this long holiday weekend. Saturday: A Cautionary Tale Saturday at the community garden is marked by an epic fail that confirms experienced gardeners do stupid things.  This is one I’ll be paying for all season, and possibly well beyond.  Let’s just say I generally use landscape fabric […]

Daylily dilemma

I spent a good part of the weekend battling a formidble enemy.  They look so innocent, even attractive.  Neighbors share them freely. They appear on roadsides across the northeast, a happy sign of summer.  The orange daylily. A friend gave me some from her garden who knows how many years ago.  And somehow they have […]

May Day

Happy May Day! Here’s a glimpse of the baskets I created for my pals with the purchases at the plant sale, plus the addition of some strawberry plants.  It wouldn’t be May Day without strawberries! Everyone seemed to have a good time and kudos to my friends who brought crafts and creative projects along for […]

The plant sale

We’re members of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, which hosts an annual plant sale that offers an impressive array of annuals, perennials, shrubs and small trees.  Usually held in early May, one of the benefits of being a member is the opportunity to attend the member’s-only preview, and get the first crack at the good stuff! The sale […]

The payoff

With a minimum amount of work and maintenance, Fall bulb planting can have a big payoff come Spring.  Aside from the time choosing the varieties to plant, the actual prep and planting is very quick (see my November 7, 2015 post). There is nearly  no maintenance involved come Spring, aside from removing the yellowed stems […]