Category: Gardening

Be Careful What You Wish For

(Recently, while sorting through some of my old scribblings and photos from the era of garden #1, I came across this and decided to bring it back into the light of day…as a cautionary tale, perhaps? 🙂  ) I think it’s fairly safe to assume that the dream of almost every windowsill grower is to…

The Temporary Garden Thaws Out

Now that the snow is gone and the winter is (hopefully) over, the Temporary Garden has finally thawed out – at least to the point where flower-hunting is possible. But the pickings are still slim, as shown by this one clump of purple crocus and one lonely aconite shivering in the chilly wind. The aconite…

Garden Ornamentation

Artemis in autumn

I have a love/hate relationship with garden ornaments: The ones I love the most, have price tags that I hate. Which I suppose is understandable for antique garden elements reclaimed from old Gold Coast estates or British country houses. Nevertheless I do have a few things acquired now and then over the years that are…

Adventures in Snow-Swatting

If gardening ever becomes an Olympic sport, I fully intend to sign up for the snow-swatting event – especially after all the training sessions this winter (and last winter too, come to think of it). When I first began to garden, lo those many moons ago, I devoured all the sage advice in every book…

The Temporary Garden

My ‘temporary garden’ isn’t what you might think; it’s not a container garden, nor one filled with tender plants to be discarded at season’s end, nor a rented-space garden, nor a garden that I plan to rip out and remake. In fact it’s what most people would probably consider to be a “mature” garden: there…

Weird and Wonderful: Broken Color Iris

Anyone’s wish-list of plants with wild, wonderful or weird coloration should definitely include the type of iris known as ‘broken color.’ Although I love irises, it wasn’t until about six years ago that I discovered these unique variants. The broken color iris have petals that are variously splashed, spotted and/or streaked with color. The cause…

The Chocolate Garden: A Guilt Free Pleasure

The chocolate lover who also gardens has the unique opportunity to combine both addictions into a guilt-free pleasure in the creation of a Chocolate Garden. I did exactly that some years ago in a small east facing bed and my first decision was how I should define a plant’s qualifications for admittance: should it be…

A Rogues’ Gallery of Garden Villains

Eventually every gardener compiles his or her personal ‘Rogues Gallery’ of garden villains – those plants which have proved themselves to be an unmitigated menace in one way or another. My own garden is no exception, whether a particular villain was in residence when I arrived or whether through sheer stupidity I introduced it myself.…