Spring Cleanup Begins

Today I cut back the dead plant material in the Sidewalk Border. It’s been another exceptionally busy spring at work and I’ve hired the same landscapers for this year who did the cleanup last season. However, I’m not sure when they’re coming… Read More

Thankful for No Leaf Blowers

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was very nice. We came up to Minneapolis, where my younger son and older brother both live, and had Thanksgiving at my brother’s house. There was a fine feast, including three kinds of… Read More

Buttoning Up the Garden

This past weekend it finally started to feel like November, with a sort of raw gray cold settling in. I realized that the available time for winter preparations was slipping away.

The Distracted Gardener Strikes Again

When I’m gardening, I like to think about the garden. Or better yet, think about nothing at all, just soak in the ambiance. This doesn’t always happen, though. Sometimes when I am gardening I’m absorbed with thoughts of other stuff, especially work… Read More

Gardener, Spare That Stem!

Do you ever wonder if it is better to clean up the garden in fall or wait until spring? Well, stop wondering. Garden clean up in spring is far better – that is, if you want your garden to be full of… Read More

Sunday Garden Miscellany

Caterpillar Vindication. Psychologists have determined that there are three kinds of personalities: those who are motivated by their own sense of what is right, those who seek the approval of other people, and those who seek the approval of caterpillars. I am… Read More

A Weed By Any Other Name

A recent post on the blog of Chicago’s Lurie Garden addressed the question of weeds in a way that seems pretty sensible.

For the Weeds Will Always Be With You

Does anyone remember a series of Dr. Who episodes called “The Seeds of Doom”?

Do I Still Have Garden Cred?

I almost couldn’t bring myself to write this post, because it’s kind of an embarrassing subject. But here it is: for the first time, I hired someone else to do spring cleanup in the garden.

Thoughts on Rose Pruning

The weather was good this past weekend, so I got outside and pruned the roses in our garden. Pruning roses used to make me nervous, but now I relax by reminding myself that roses are basically brambles. At least mine are –… Read More