My mom shared stories of dancing around the maypole and choosing a May queen. My own kids planted baskets of flowers, put them on the doorsteps of neighbors, rang their doorbells and ran away before they could answer their doors. Originally, May Day was a pagan holiday to celebrate the beginning of summer. It was… Continue reading May Day Garden Walk
Today is National Haiku Poetry Day, a day encouraging everyone to exercise their creativity. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of 3 lines of prose that do not rhyme but are written in a pattern of syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second has 7, and the last line has… Continue reading Gardening Haiku
When the weekend weather forecast predicts partly sunny skies with high temps between 40 and 50° it is going to be a great weekend to get outside and get some early spring gardening chores checked off the list. If the soil is too moist to get in the garden to cut back perennials, we can… Continue reading Early Spring Garden Chores to do this Weekend
I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter. I’ve studied seed catalogs and ordered seeds. I’ve edited my plant wish lists. I’ve grown amaryllis, cared for poinsettias and Christmas cactus, started forcing bulbs, and it won’t be long before seed starting begins. But I need spring! I need to be outside. I… Continue reading Spring can’t get here fast enough!
Some plants are not shown the appreciation they deserve. They don’t demand it with flashy flowers or foliage so instead, they are relegated to the backgrounds of our landscapes – workhorses working (or growing). Arborvitaes are a prime example. Some are planted as hedges; others provide privacy. Some create wind blocks; others play a part… Continue reading Arborvitaes: Workhorses in the Landscape