Too hot to handle

There is no mistaking August in our neck of the northeast. The humidity is omnipresent and oppressive, and in recent years, there has been very little rain the entire month of August. Our knoll is windy, but it has been still. Yet, on those rare summer nights where you can sleep with the windows open, […]

What’s in a name?

Oh, Persicaria! Virginia Jumpseed, Virginia Knotweed. A “smartweed.” Previously classified as a Polygonatum. So many names! In my quest to identify and understand what was growing, thriving, or struggling — native or invasive, weed or welcomed plant — this one stood out early among the tangles we encountered. In the spring, it’s often described as […]

Damsels and dragons

… of the fly variety, that is. (And yes, I’ll admit, I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t watched Game of Thrones, although I understand damsels and dragons factored heavily into the plot). This year has drawn a lot — did I say a lot? — of both dragonflies and damselflies to […]


Maybe I’ve done things a little of of order with this small bed at behind the house. I’m working to add native grasses to give this a unifying backbone, but frankly that’s a little challenging retroactively. Or maybe I’ll just think of it as my ‘painter’ approach to gardening! Shown here are liatris (gayfeather) and […]

Bits and pieces

Can it be June already? Here are just a few things that have been happening around the garden the past week or so. This little tour doesn’t take any particular path, so enjoy meandering along with me… The two New Dawn roses at the front of the house are blooming profusely. Still relatively small, around […]

Peonies return

I brought a few snippets of the tubers of the peonies from our last place. Siting them has been challenging, with the black walnuts and profuse shade. They, like several other perennials, are blooming rather late this year. We’ve had little sun and lots rain, which may have attributed to the delay. Several are in […]

Three steps forward, two steps back

Our new home has a lot of space, and as I’ve written, sizable chunks have been transformed from lawn grass to garden. For pure efficiency and eco-friendliness, getting help with occasional tasks, like mulching, is the best option. Who wants to deal with 60 bags of mulch and the resulting plastic, or moving a huge […]

Diary of an obsessed gardener

This blog is, at its heart, just a personal diary. It picks up from the written garden notes I took for years, in the big green book that my mother bought me when my husband and I moved to our first home and we started our first garden. So today I have license to ramble! […]


This blog has evolved organically — no pun intended. Now it’s not just a gardening blog, but a chronicle of our old house and its long, and perhaps not-so-storied, history. I’m always seeing things that suggest a former plan. That crazy detective tendency, or just too much time with my own thoughts and imagination, or […]

April abundance

April is a pivotal month. The anticipation is now over. Whether you are itching to get started on those ambitious plans you have been dreaming of all winter, or simply bringing things back into shape, it is full of tasks and decisions. It has been a time of exuberance for me — seeing that nearly […]