Category: Gardening

2021 Money Pit Garden Awards

If movies, plays, and television shows can have their annual awards, why not our own gardens? In that vein, I’m inaugurating them here at the Money Pit, starting with this gardening year of 2021. And of course, just like in the awards shows, there is a ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ plant-obituary column for the year…

‘Your Services Are No Longer Required’

It’s amazing how one thing leads to another. Remember my brief mention of an overenthusiastic volunteer conifer, at the start of my Disappointing Surprise post? It’s been here for at least five years and only registered in my consciousness as That Volunteer Conifer. It turns out that the correct description was “volunteer male Juniperus virginiana,…

A Disappointing ‘Surprise’

Gardening holds so many surprises; some pleasant, and some…not so. Some are open to interpretation, such as the discovery of ‘volunteer’ plants that may or may not be welcome (a hint to Toxicodendron radicans: you’re not.) And sometimes the initial evaluation changes over time, such as the cute little 8-inch-tall volunteer conifer I discovered at…

Doing a Slow Burn on a Hot Day

This post is a combination of a Rant and a What Would You Do question. Let me set the stage: In late May, I ordered six Epimedium ‘Flame Thrower’ despite their $18/each price tag, because they will be a perfect fit for my new red-and-yellow color scheme for that bed: The current and/or future residents…

Stem Research (or, Why Does My Campanula Look So Weird?)

As much of a Marvel Universe fan as I am, that doesn’t mean I’m necessarily prepared for a strange mutant to pop up unexpectedly in my planting bed. The next logical question is, what – if anything – should I do about it? Among the plants I ordered from Bluestone Perennials in May 2020 were…

Teenage Tree Peonies Update

I almost wrote ‘baby tree peonies’ for the title, but of course they aren’t babies anymore! It’s been four years since the seeds that were sown in 2016 germinated the following year; I wonder what age that is in Tree Peony Years? Last year of high school/freshman in college?? At the end of August 2020…