January surprise

I’ll be honest, lately I haven’t been looking too closely at the witch hazel (hamamelis ‘Jelena’) I had planted in back of the house. January is too early for it to bloom, and there hasn’t been much going on. It’s placed to provide a view from one of the kitchen windows.  To inspire in the […]

The end of the season

Summer rolled on into fall.  I coaxed along the new additions to the garden and weeded, weeded, weeded. The summer was initially hot (90F+) and dry. Of course, this was exactly at the time we were away in Spain. Most of the plants survived, thanks to some watering from our next-door neighbor. It then proceeded […]

A summer crush

Obsessions… wasp nests… and snake-filled brick piles. Let me start at the beginning… or rather, the middle. Late spring and early summer brought more planting, this time on the other side of the house. The ground was even more difficult to work in the back. As they say, insanity is doing the same thing over […]

Queen of the pickaxe

In this second installment, we begin the dramatic tale of woman vs. weeds, weather, and woodchucks. Or maybe we’ll rewind just a bit little earlier. Most of the winter was spent looking at catalogs and websites — much of it focused on building a better understanding of what could grow in the drip line and root […]

A surprising winter

The year started with the Never-Ending Winter. It dragged on, kicking and screaming into April.  It started in December, wickedly cold. We were spared mass accumulations until later storms, making their dramatic appearance starting in March.  The news reported of thundersnows and bombogenesis. We learned a lot about snow. Winter Storm Quinn bent trees, but […]

An unexpected find

Since moving to this old house, I’ve spent my fair share of time assessing the landscape, musing about where plantings may have one been, and considering how things have evolved. Or devolved, as the case seems to be. I’ve envisioned potential frameworks clearly.  An old photograph on the historical society’s website showed overgrown Barberry (berberis) […]

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 […]

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 […]