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Labeling That Lasts

Grand Tiara Garden Tag

I know a Japanese maple enthusiast who quotes the names and characteristics of each of the trees in his impressive collection. That proficiency does not apply to me. With twenty-five or so hosta varieties and more than a dozen types of salvia I need help to recall names. If I am completely honest I often […]

Worthless or Valuable in the Garden?

Sweet Gum Balls (2)

I’ve begun waking the garden beds for spring. That includes raking any leaves that blew in over the winter months and pulling the weeds which sprouted through the mulch. I added two wheelbarrow loads of compost to the vegetable garden, and this year I will not till it in. I will disturb only as much […]

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 […]