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Decrotia, or: How the climate crisis came for my lovely English garden

Guest post by Linda McGivern Left elbow screaming in pain (gardener’s “tennis elbow” is a real thing), I raked up the last pile of yard...
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Martha, October, and the magic of Li Ziqi – A Letter to the...

October 17, 2020 Lovettsville, VA Dear Scott, Well, August is well and truly behind us.  I don’t remember September.  It had something to do with a copyediting deadline...

Browntail Moths and the Will to Garden

My post about Lyme Disease – especially my forgetting to freak out about it, thanks to worrying about Covid – prompted this email from...

Will gardening continue to trend?

This is a year when speculation about the future underlies almost everything we do. When will we be able to see children/grandchildren/siblings who live...

What’s in Store for 2021 That Could Top This Year?

  I am reading Julian Barnes’s rollicking and upending book about death, entitled Nothing to Be Frightened Of. Well, I am frightened. I don’t dwell...

My Front-Yard Make-Over, the Video

In lieu of organizing an in-person garden tour this year, I've gone virtual, making or helping make 8 video "tours" so far, with just...
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Is Naming Your Garden Pretentious?

Ever ready to object when I hear the word ‘pretentious’ used to condemn something that might warrant a deeper conversation and a bottle of...

Fall: the season of destruction

Never mind clean-up. Winter will take care of most of that. This is when I like to tear the garden apart. First comes the time...

Now it’s Cultivar Shaming?

Admittedly, mentioning a trivial controversy in the gardening world today - with everything that's happening!! - seems ridiculous, but that's exactly what I thought...

Life is short. Plant tulips.

Nothing lasts forever. Beauty is fleeting. You’re heard these hackneyed sayings many times. But maybe this year they’re worth taking a little more seriously....

Visiting DC Gardens and Memorials in Covid Times

I hadn't been downtown DC since last year, so with glorious September weather upon us, I was determined to go. But I'm not using...

It’s gardener vs. gardener season

Pick a side, because the middle ground is disappearing. What’s true on the political front is equally true on the gardening front. Over the...

Presidential Consequences and a Meadow

I squeaked by in high school chemistry doing little more than fiddling around with the Bunsen burner so it would throw flames like a...

Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes in MY Neighborhood?

Let me introduce a national park you've never heard of - the Greenbelt National Park, 1,200 acres of woods, trails and campsites just 10...

A Humbling Return to Veggie Gardening

I knew full well what I was getting into. My dormant gardening genes from my father's side kicked in back in 1987, soon after...
 

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