The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections
As I pulled the tropical plants out of my window boxes to make room for pumpkins and gourds, I noticed the English ivy. It was planted early in spring along with pansies, alyssum, lettuce and other cool-season annuals. I remembered how I admired its long stems of dark green leaves with prominent veins and how… Continue reading An English Ivy – A Poem
With Easter just around the corner, it was time to get my window boxes planted for spring. Here’s how I planted them step by step. If you followed the plantings of my window boxes last year, you might remember re-painting them was on my list of things to do. Well, it’s back on this year’s… Continue reading Spring Window Boxes
Succulents are all the rage, and I love the look of birch. I knew it would be fun to do this birch log planter filled with succulents as a wintertime project. With the birch log held firmly in place, a four-inch diameter birch pole was cut a little more than four feet long using a… Continue reading Birch Log Planter with Succulents
I don’t understand why folks don’t plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall. Sure, I’ve heard the excuses: I’m tired of working in the garden by the time fall rolls around. My clay soil makes it difficult to use a bulb planter. It’s so much work and it takes so long to see the results of… Continue reading Plant bulbs in pots!