Signs of Spring

Spring is  approaching.  Now March is nearly upon us. It was a fairly warm winter, except for the blip of a substantial blizzard that has since melted away. The earliest plants, such as snowdrops and hellebores, have begun to make an appearance.  Early daffodils, and even some of my tulips, have begun to peek out […]

Under the wire

It’s been a beautiful Fall — the weather has been slow to turn cooler, the leaves slow to turn color, gradually revealing their vibrant hues. The milder weather has allowed me to extend some seasonal tasks a bit, such as transplanting perennials and planting bulbs. Most were planted a couple of weeks ago, and I […]

Absolutely no relationship to the season

Fall is bulb planting time — and spring planning time.  So I’ll offer a few photos of different spring and summer plants as thought starters. Hostas under a Japanese maple — classic combo for that shady spot. This lovely double wild daylily is from a dear friend and neighbor.  Adds a nice accent of hot […]

That was then, this is now

Some thoughts for for a new gardener: Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I received a wonderful garden journal as a gift, and it has provided insights, occasional entertainment, and perspective. I go through spells when I use it, and long stretches where I don’t.  But it can be helpful to read […]

New discoveries

Better half is working late (NYC agency life), so what better way to pass the time than take in the garden — and a glass of wine — from our porch?  Took a quick walk around with hose in hand, and as always, found tasks to be done — and new discoveries. The oak leaf hydrangea, […]

Garden. Love.

Plants made an impression on me from the start.  I recall bright purple pansies with yellow faces where we lived when I was just three years old.  But one of my fondest, earliest garden memories involves my mother and a little gardening project. We had moved to a large, old house with a a big […]

Respecting what has come before…

Part of the fun of the garden when you have an older home is trying to imagine what the former owners created. The grounds of our post-war colonial house were very much a clean slate when we arrived.  We had learned from the sellers that when they bought it, the house had an incredible, if overgrown, garden, […]

Winter garden

…or very early spring, to be hopeful. The lawn yielded another section to the rich soil of our plant beds, giving home to a beautiful rose. She sits dormant now, but the signs of life are everywhere.