Birds that decide to stay put instead of wintering in warmer haunts need our help to thrive in the cold weather ahead. In return for food, shelter and water, they repay our generosity with their songs, color and entertaining exploits. A bird-friendly garden is planted in layers. Large evergreens and shade trees form the top… Continue reading Keep birds happy and healthy in winter.
With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I am counting my blessings. Family and friends top my list of things for which I am most thankful, but my garden follows close behind. I took a few moments to remember the past year in the garden and sum it up in a letter of thankfulness. Dearest… Continue reading Thankful for the Garden
I am in end-of-season panic mode in my gardens. Shortening days and cooler temperatures signal time is running out before snow covers my landscape in a blanket of white. For those of you who haven’t followed my blog from the beginning, I am in the process of reclaiming my yard and my life after years… Continue reading End-of-Season Panic Gardening
Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.
We have all heard the adage, ‘Good things come in small packages,” but sometimes great perennials come in large packages. Case in point: Aralia ‘Sun King’. Aralia cordata, commonly called Japanese spikenard and mountain asparagus, is a large-leaved perennial that quickly grows anywhere from three to six feet tall and wide depending on growing conditions.… Continue reading Aralia ‘Sun King’