What a real gardener wears


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That's Guest Ranter Ginny Stibolt in the photo above, looking like the real gardener she is.  And watch this VIDEO to find out how she's dealing with a weird winter.

And don't miss the story, either – by Janice Lloyd in USA Today.  It's chockful of quotes by people we all know. 


  1. I thought the article was well done and I loved that Joyce contrasted the totally different effect of the El Nino winter out in the deserts of the SW.

    In case you’re wondering what the heck I was doing out by the mail box. I was planting zinnia seeds from last year’s heads. And oh yes, I meant to say March 15th not May 15th. This rest came out pretty well, but is was cold and raw, but the rain didn’t really start until after I was done. Bob Self continued working on shots after I went inside. I love the introduction of the rain drops falling in my pond. That’s our native spatterdock with the yellow flower.

  2. Thank you Ginny for being an eloquent voice for the insanity that Florida gardening often is. Greetings from Central Florida, where we are now getting soaked.

  3. El Nino, out here in California where it hits us first (along with Washington and Oregon), means really wet winters. Usually it’s a change to catch up on snow in the Sierras, which means waters for our reservoirs (which are still running at about half full due to 3 years drought). Whereas other parts of the country get rain throughout the year, a Mediterranean climate means no rain between mid-Spring and late Fall, so we need the winter snowpack to keep the reservoirs full all year long.

    A wet spring here means usually a bad cherry harvest, but since we’ve warmed up a bit and cherries have already bloomed, I’m hoping the developing fruit won’t rot with the week of rain (and snow in the Sierras) coming up.

    Though El Nino is a pain for everyone back East (record snows, anyone), it’s better than having California in a perpetual drought and much higher food prices, since the Central Valley is the food basket to the nation and there has already been many square miles of fields left to fallow due to the drought and water restrictions. Cotton, rice, asparagus, garlic, lettuce, most of the world’s almonds, nectarines, figs, most of the raisin/grape industry, olives (green & black), artichokes, pistachios, without this El Nino winter to give us rain, these items would be much more expensive. Don’t get me started on the 30%+ unemployment in some Central Valley counties last summer because of the fields left to fallow because of water restrictions last year.

  4. Nice story! We have had winter, certainly no worse than ever before, and even a little warmer. Hardly ever below zero. Today I am starting my first seeds. Hooray.

  5. We had two blizzards in DC area and 3 other big snowstorms (esp for us where 1 inch closes all schools) this winter, yet many fellow gardeners are calling it a “mild winter” – that is because it never went below 15 degrees even in the outer burbs. We usually get a few 0 degree nights each year.

  6. I knew you meant March 15th, Ginny, and you were clearly planting some sort of seeds by the mailbox, no worries. I thought the article was rather well written (especially for USA Today) and I did keep saying, oh I know her, and I know her, and her too, as I read.

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