Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Blooming bulbs and the first green buds on the trees sing the song of a changing season, but it’s the spring planter that lets us know spring is here to stay. Spotting a nice design in the neighbors’ yard or...
It’s not uncommon for me to grow too many tomatoes – WAY too many. Last year I finally made it a point to seriously minimize my supply, mostly to get a good season of crop rotation in. I decided to grow just...
Gardening articles everywhere recommend that you test your soil before doing anything else. And, if your garden is suffering, you’re just starting out as a gardener, or you’re a serial fertilizer, I recommend the same. Understanding your soil’s nutrient composition and...
The first time I encountered lily of the valley, I smelled it before I saw it. I was hiking near a forested swamp and was caught off guard by something that smelled pleasant. But aren’t swamps places for fetid odors...
Narcissus Bright and cheerful with a heavenly fragrance, daffodils are among the most beloved of spring’s harbingers. Photo by Lorna Kring. The flowers are notable for their hues of yellow or white, but many garden varieties also come in shades of pink,...
Pelargonium peltatum Fast growing and brightly colored, ivy leaf geraniums take center stage in any hanging basket arrangement. In the family Geraniaceae, Pelargonium peltatum is commonly known as ivy leaf, trailing, or cascading geranium. An herbaceous perennial native to South Africa, P....
LINUM Enjoying that breezy new linen shirt you picked up on sale last weekend? Linen, a textile crafted from a member of the Linum genus, is renowned for its use in summer wear. The particular weave used to craft linen fabric,...
Gardeners have many reasons for building paths in their landscapes. We embedded stepping stones in this crushed granite path, and used a bit of metal edging along the concrete path to try to contain the granite. As you can see,...
ASTILBE X ARENDSII It took me far too long to discover the beauty and special quality of the shade garden. Since I’ve always been into those tough, hard-scrabble plants that eke out a living in any condition, the idea of...
It just isn’t summer in the northeast without Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) tearing through raspberries, roses, and other plants gardeners tend to hold near and dear. Their voracious appetite is matched in intensity with an innate difficulty to exterminate, or...
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