This week the Washington Post’s Adrian Higgins did something we gardeners are always asking garden writers to do – tell us the frigging truth. Stop the BS and get real, we plead. In his story "Baskets Can Leave You High and Dry" he shows us the lush, overflowing hanging baskets we see all over London or Victoria, B.C. and warns us against trying them at home because they’re the "hardest garden element to sustain in hot climates." Right-o, Adrian. And the Smithsonian’s Janet Draper, (one of her gardens is pictured here) is a no-BS person, too. She tells visitors to enjoy the ones on the Mall but to "forget about doing it themselves."
Now who’s going to be honest and admit that those lush, 12-species potted arrangements that are all the rage in the garden media need constant fiddling to keep looking great all season?[Sorry the link won’t take you to the article directly; you’ll need to put "hanging basket high and dry" in the search engine. What’s up with your article archives, WaPo?]