Hellebores come in such an artful array of colors, markings and formations, it’s hard not to love these fascinating perennials. Sometimes known as Lenten rose or Christmas rose, [&hellip...
Wow. Just in the last few days the Daily Show ridiculed an anti-GMO activist. The New York Times opinion page carried “How I Got Converted to GMO Food” including this meaty bit: After writing two books on the science of climate change, I decided I could no longer continue taking a pro-science position on global warming […]
Two weeks ago my friend Jenny Stocker, blogger at Rock Rose and gardener extraordinaire, offered me a division of a water iris for my pond. When I arrived, mid-morning on a sunny, warm day, Jenny gave me a tour and then kindly set me loose to wander around on my own and take photos. Show More Summary
Brightly colored daffodils are blooming at my farm! And, looking at the swath of white and yellow narcissi gently blowing in the spring breeze always makes me so [&hellip...
This past week's Earth Day festivities, ongoing since the first Earth Day in 1970, are meant to call attention to our planet and to urge us to be kind to it. It is life-giving in that we derive our sustenance from it, either directly or indirectly. Show More Summary
I’m all for bugs in the garden, even spiders, though I have an unreasonable fear of them. But in my coat and shoe closet? Early in the morning as I’m poking my bare foot in there to slip on shoes before driving my kid to school? Uh-uh!...Show More Summary
Bonsai is the art of dwarfing trees and growing them in containers. It’s often been referred to as a Japanese technique; however, it actually originated from an ancient [&hellip...
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a new garden, that of Mireille Engles, a Frenchwoman turned Texan and longtime gardener, whose garden helper, Kathy Christian, introduced me and gave me a tour. Located in the Cuernavaca neighborhood...Show More Summary
I recently met the new public affairs officer for the U.S. Botanic Gardens and when I found out his degree is in agricultural communications, I had to find out more. Devin Dotson grew up in a small rural town in northwest Alabama, where his family grew their own vegetables and ornamentals on a half-acre lot. […]
Q: I would like to plant dogwoods in memory of a loved one. I would like to plant a white, a pink and a red dogwood together so they fuse into one mass with three colors. Will that work? A: It should be beautiful in a couple of years. You need to plant the young […]
Adam Turtle may have been restless at times, but I doubt he has ever struggled much with boredom. The résumé of the Tennessee nurseryman and farmer is not a record of a dull life. Turtle has been “a boy scout, cowboy, fisherman, truck driver, chef, homeless bum, woodworker, sculptor, preacher, theosopher, and general trouble maker.” […]
Putting their money where their mouth is, more and more cities that urge citizens to reduce their water usage are replacing thirsty lawns around courthouses and city halls with xeric landscaping. Rollingwood, a tiny city of around 500...Show More Summary
For an area so small, at least by Texas standards — only 790 square miles — the Cotswolds region of southern England is home to an astonishing number of enormous manors and elaborate gardens, each worthy of an episode of Downton Abbey. Show More Summary
What do gardening and Japanese anime culture have in common? There are probably a number of strange intersections, but this is the only one I know about. And it’s weird. The Ripe Boyfriend Cultivation Set home gardening kits ask us to imagine vegetables and herbs as sexy young men. (Sexy in that anime kind of […]
Yes my gardening friends things are happening in the garden. It has been such a lovely spring so far. The mulching is finished. The last of the daffs are about to be warmed out of bloom. One doesn't mind though because there will be more blooms arriving soon. Show More Summary