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Hire Help or Lose My Sanity. Confessions of a Garden Writer Who Doesn’t Medicate. Yet.

Guest rant by Marianne Willburn  The office is lightly scented with pencil shavings and old coffee mugs this morning. Not an unpleasant smell, but an...

Snorkeling Past Solstice to Spring

Rose and I stared out the kitchen window, last month, while fat robins feasted on our deciduous hollies and a glorious evergreen 40-foot American...

Gardening for Climate Action

I’ve rarely been as deeply affected emotionally as I was this fall when I attended a pair of demonstrations by young people -- teenagers...

Foraging for Booze

A story about foraging on "CBS Sunday Morning" caught my eye. It's called "In Denmark, a Quest for New Spirits." We're told that Lars Williams...

What’s in a decade? Plenty of gardening, for sure.

There’s been a deluge of backward-looking articles and posts, so why should Rant be any different? Except that this will be, because I am...

Tending my 5 Adopted Gardens

Behold my pick-up truck 2013 Honda CRV! Just don't ask me to give more than one person a ride anywhere on short notice, coz...

Actual Good News, from Prison Gardens

A reader sent me the link to this New York Times story about the garden at Riker's Island, the notorious New York prison slated...

Hard Pruning with Attitude Amid Lingering Dwarf Conifer Issues

If I were being completely honest, and I'm usually not, I would admit that I have an almost maniacally caricatured impulse to over-plant. Collector’s...

Companion Planting: Fraud vs. Facts

Sometimes common knowledge, what everybody knows to be true, just isn’t.  That’s the case, I’ve found, with much of the broadly accepted information about...

Fall Foliage in a Townhouse Garden

I would have shown you these fall photos of my Maryland garden in the actual fall if a technical glitch hadn't kept me from...

Chestnuts and Earth in a Burning Ring of Fire

What does “gardening like there’s no tomorrow” really mean? Do you think your garden, and earth, can avoid the ongoing sixth mass extinction? The...

Is this about plants?

The question was staring at me from my Facebook feed, in the form of a hunky guy sitting with a medium-sized parlor palm (I...

Assisted Migration of Native Plants

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a very interesting symposium, “Rooted in Place,” sponsored by the Berkshire Botanical Garden.  The focus of the...

Visiting Daybreak, UT, a Planned Community

This is my third and last post about Salt Lake City, which I visited for the garden communicators annual conference in September. I live in...

Fear, Loathing, Capitulation, Relapses, A Cry for Help, and Another Empty Promise to Do...

Déjà vu all over again. In what is apparently becoming an abusive relationship, I again find myself the victim of Marianne Willburn’s poison pen,...
 
 

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