At least once a year, definitely in the spring and sometimes in the fall, I hire some garden help for a massive cleanup. Just this morning, when my saviors, the Queen Bee Landscape crew, arrived in a pickup truck with an ample trailer, I breathed a sigh of relief! Three strong men strode into the… Continue reading I Get By with a Little Help
When a certain radio station cancelled In the Garden with Mike Darcy, the garden community objected stridently. But all our letters and emails didn’t help. The last show aired at the end of December 2016. Since then Mike continued to send his newsletter, but the big question was, what would become of Nerd Night? This… Continue reading Grassroots Efforts Save Nerd Night
“You’re just too deliberate, too conservative, and too much of a planner,” my husband Tom said. “Why can’t you be more spontaneous?” How embarrassing! However, he’s never shadowed me at a nursery or a garden center. Once in the presence of plants, all these qualities melt away. Passion for plants drives me to lose all… Continue reading Impulse Buying is Just Fine!
Do you buy plants without any idea where you will place them? Do you own a headlamp for slug hunting after dusk? Does your car have enough soil on the floor mats to germinate seeds? Is your night table collapsing under the load of garden books and plant catalogs? Do you daydream about plants, and… Continue reading Attention Plant Nerds!
The other morning I was peacefully writing when I heard a raucous racket coming from outside, so loud I couldn’t ignore it. Was it a pack of wild dogs? I went out expecting some catastrophe, but soon I recognized the sound of geese, honking as loud as fire engines. It took me a while to… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun!
A Taste of Summer in February Freezing rain, snow, and wind kept me indoors for way too many hours this week. With time on my hands, I decided to clear out the freezer. Mostly I pitched frozen soups, but when I came upon six-year-old containers of frozen grape juice made from the Concord grapes in… Continue reading A Taste of Summer in February
Tiny snowdrops with nodding flowers bloomed in little groups at the edges of beds, their white petals edged with green. Some were double, some single; each had its own beauty. These are the easiest winter-flowering bulbs to grow. Nearby, hot pink cyclamen were also in bloom. Like the hellebores, they’ve spread around by seed and… Continue reading Reunited with My Beloved Garden