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Alternative Lawn for the Northeast

My wife – who is the mower of lawns in our partnership – has taken to mowing around any wildflowers she encounters. As a...

Green thumbs are cultivated, not conferred

I’ve grown impatient with those people that tell me they just don’t have a green thumb. I lay a steely eye on them and...

Freebie Report: Summer-Blooming Bulbs and Bloomstruck Hydrangea

Back in April i wrote about visiting Brent and Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester, VA with a bunch of other garden writers. Becky instructed us in...

Wish Me Luck

My good luck began this spring with a three-year-old thoroughbred named Justify. I was smitten the first moment I saw the beautiful chestnut-colored horse...

Tin Chickens are the Right Garden Art for Us

In the end it came down to a pair of ornamental tin chickens, both of them, no doubt, created in a distant and dangerous...

I Saved the Old Junipers Despite your Advice

In a post last fall I asked, "Can these Junipers be Saved?" about the old, overgrown ones used as foundation plants in front of...

Too Cool For Color

I was never the “cool kid” when I was young. It just wasn’t an option for me. Oh, I tried. Tried everything I could...

Amazon comes for the garden centers?

It’s been happening for a while. I am guilty of using Amazon for garden hardware that’s kind of boring to shop for in person,...

Mostly Shrubs for a Low-Maintenance Superstar Garden

There's nothing like working to improve city landscaping to turn you into a realist, having abandoned what you really want for what's most likely...

Time to “Rethink Pretty” in the Garden

Benjamin Vogt and I began an email exchange last March after I read his very interesting A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future.

What’s your corpse flower’s name? Ours is Morty.

It’s that time of year again. Our local botanical gardens has joined the ranks of other such sites across the US to introduce a titan arum (“corpse flower”) event, based on the bloom cycle of the plant.

Returning a Town’s Perennial Border to Lawn?

Of all the historic buildings in my town, my favorite is what's now the Community Center, so it's full of artists, dancers, seniors and...

If snake killing is wrong, then my dog Opal doesn’t want to do right

When I lived near the Luray TN bottoms, the dogs and I often walked the field road to the back of a farm tract...

Embracing an “invasive native”

Like many beginning gardeners, I was initially attracted by easy, “do it all” solutions. I soon learned that there are no such things, but...

Turning an Invasive Species into a Resource

The black locust, insists its harvester Blue Sky, “is a much maligned tree.”  A native of the central Appalachians and Ozark Mountains, it has...

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