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On Lady Bird Johnson, Beauty, and Tulips v. Daffodils by Susan Harris

 Photo by John Taylor.  Title: Lady Bird’s Gift Another great column by John Kelly for the Washington Post – this time about Lady Bird Johnson’s “beautification” program. Lady Bird’s beautification campaign started in the spring of 1965. She was involved with a group called the Society for a More Beautiful National Capital, which, among other […]

First Colors of Spring

After a long, and relentless winter, the first blooms of spring are finally starting to emerge at the farm. This week, as temperatures rose to the high 40s [&hellip...

Floral Design Clash at the White House: French v. Modern by Susan Harris

First there was news that head White House floral designer Laura Dowling had left her job a few weeks ago, with no fanfare, and no one knew why.  There were reports that she’d actually been “escorted off the grounds”! Two days later the Washington Post’s gossip-column had an update – about a clash between Dowling’s French-schooled […]

The Other Garden by Ivette Soler

  A person’s relationship with a garden can be one of the most profound relationships we can have. Just as profound as the ones we have with our husbands, our wives, our children. A connection with a garden can be like the one we have with a lover – thrilling, exciting, intoxicating, sometimes even illicit […]

The great unfurling

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Petals unfurl overnight, new blossoms appearing each morning. Every garden stroll is a small voyage of discovery right now. This week I’m seeing masses of dainty, lilac spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis). A single summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) with flowers like dancing ladies in white ballgowns trimmed with jaunty, green dots. Show More Summary

Macy's Flower Show 2015

New York City’s iconic Macy’s at Herald Square is in full bloom! This weekend, I participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to launch the 41st annual Macy’s Flower [&hellip...

First water lily is blooming but pond cleanup awaits

3 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

Despite a cool spring, an early-bird ‘Colorado’ waterlily has already opened in the stock-tank pond, pale but undaunted. Future lilies will blush a deeper peachy pink as the days grow warmer. Before it decides to bloom in earnest, I really need to muck out a year’s worth of leaves and haul out and divide the waterlilies. Show More Summary

Seasonal survival strategies by Elizabeth Licata

By now we northeasterners are aware—though not surprised—that the first few days of “spring” aren’t bringing much relief. Snow cover is still receding, temps are still minimal, and it seems incredible that within weeks we’ll be seeing daffodils and hellebores. Here’s how I get through the last dreary gasps of winter. 1. Go to the […]

Planting Garlic At The Farm

We’re officially in the spring season. Here in the Northeast, temperatures are slowly rising and all that snow is finally melting away. Over the next few weeks, color [&hellip...

Weekend Wisdom: Spring Officially Started Three Weeks Ago

You thought spring started on Friday, didn't you? Well, you would be right, IF you're talking about spring based on the tilt of the earth on its axis. Astronomically, spring began on Friday, March 20th this year, when the earth was halfway...Show More Summary

Honey Mushroom – Rhizomorphs Under Tree Bark

Q: A few weeks ago we found a vine-like growth under the bark of my old poplar tree, rest its soul. Did you have any thoughts about this? A: They’re the rhizomorphs (spreading roots) of a fungus named Armillaria mellea. The fungus produces distinctive mushrooms, called honey mushrooms, when well established in a rotting tree […]

Red-shouldered Bug – Identified

Q: We have hundreds of insects in our yard and we don’t know what they are. I went to a big box store and stumped their gardening experts with it as well. They congregate in large groups. As far as I can tell they are not killing any plants. They like to crawl on the […]

Cold Weather Covering – When to Remove

Q: I covered my hydrangeas and fig bush to protect them from the cold in February. Is this overkill? When should I take off the plastic? A: I think “overkill” is correct. The only time these plants need to be covered is when temperatures threaten to go below 20 degrees or so. They should be […]

New mirrored trellises add depth to a blank wall

5 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

There’s something new in the side garden. Yes, the Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora), my favorite native ornamental tree, is blooming and wafting the sweet fragrance of grape Kool-Aid through the air. Does anything say springtime in Austin as much as that smell? But something else is new. Show More Summary

Late Bloomers on CBS, and They’re Not Talking Asters by Susan Harris

CBS Sunday Morning story this week did a story on late bloomers, which had me looking up from my newspaper expecting flowers.  Turns out, it was much more interesting, at least to this late bloomer. First up, reporter Susan Spencer introduced us to Carol Gardner who (in her 50s) started a calendar business by dressing up her […]

Fire Pits: Part Two

As some of you will recall my last blog post was afire with enthusiasm for fire pits, inspired by gardening author Helen Yoest, who wrote a guest post about her own fire pit in her garden. Kindled in my new found passion was the realization my 72nd birthday was upon me, nearly, and that if […]

Borrowing stones and scenery by Thomas Christopher

Even in New England the snow is melting and soon I will be confronted with what the winter – and the plow truck – have done to my stone walls.  I take a particular pride in these, not because they are such beautiful specimens of the craft, but because I built them.  It seemed an […]

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