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Change Your Clothes

Change Your Clothes

My zone 7 garden is in the oven now. Temperature and humidity are rising with a long string of 90+ degree days. Yesterday I installed rabbit fencing, tended the compost bins, and spread mulch over part of the garden. After two hours I looked as though Shawn had turned the hose on me, and I […]

To Cut Or Not To Cut

To Cut Or Not To Cut

The large maple tree which has adorned our front yard for the past thirty-three years is no more. After much discussion and with heavy hearts we called in the tree crew to remove it. That tree was gone in minutes as a chain saw ripped through the trunk so that a crane could lift the […]

Garden Tags That Last

Garden Tags That Last

Now that birthday #62 is in my rear view mirror I am beginning to understand some of the challenges experienced gardeners face such as a knee (or two) that resists bending or the light-headed feeling that overcomes me as I stand after kneeling. But one development keeps Shawn and me in stitches. Often, when a […]

Salvia Explosion

Salvia Explosion

From time to time a gardener feels the need to relocate a plant that has outgrown its assigned space. Our salvia “Purple Majesty” exploded this season in girth and height. The plant, pruned to three feet mid-season, roared back reaching well over seven feet. Shorter plants languished under the salvia’s massive umbrella, and as we […]

Hypocrisy in the Garden

Removing the Oak Tree Nov 2018 (3)

Many years ago, as I marched the land set aside for what is now my neighborhood, I searched for the perfect building lot. I found a winner, one which had a maturing oak anchoring what would become the backyard. The tree had a slight lean, but I was certain that with the removal of the […]

Winter Garden Activities

Winter Garden Activities

  Gardening is truly a four-season activity here in the beautiful Piedmont of North Carolina (zone 7). After the holiday hubbub settles and the chilly days of January take the stage we may be tempted to hibernate till the first crocus appears. And we will miss valuable time for important activates. In no particular order […]