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.

Potted citrus

We had some workmen in a few weeks ago.  One of them was fascinated by the potted calomondin orange in our living room. He asked if the fruit grew to be full-sized citrus (they’re tiny).  I explained that they don’t, and while the fruit is sour, I have made a good marmalade with it. It’s a […]


It’s Christmas Eve. And it’s 70 degrees outside.  It’s wacky weather for for New Jersey. It’s been so warm that early flowering plants —  daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia and blooming trees, are starting to emerge. More on that another day.  Right now, I’m just hoping the rain clears up so that we can put out our luminarias.  An annual […]