We haven't entered springtime officially, but tell the weather that! This has been a most mild winter, and Ohio experienced all time high temperature records for the month of February in 2017. It accelerated a climate phenomenon which, as a gardener, I look for each year. Most everyone know of the "Indian Summer" and "January Thaw" that is experienced - those period of unexpected warmth … [Read more...] about Observations on an Ohio Spring
One of the mercies found within an Ohio winter are those small windows of dry enough conditions and relatively pleasant weather. They are almost always very short, so the opportunities need to grasped. We have a short window at this moment and I have used it to carry on the weeding and garden preparation that the beautiful fall allowed in 2016. I'm so grateful to be able to work in the yard, … [Read more...] about Snippets of Gardening, February’s Mercies
I haven't surfed garden blogs in forever, it seems. But today was different and I garnered some great ideas that I hope to put to work for me this year. We'll see. It all depends on both how diligent I am and how much traveling I need to do. (Since I am the sole gardener, traveling can really put a wrench into my gardening plans). OK. Idea #1 Growing a blue garden phlox called 'Moody Blues'. … [Read more...] about More for me than you, Garden Planning
It is increasingly the Holy Grail of garden designs: making a landscape low maintenance. For many reasons, reducing the work load of our outdoor spaces has become a priority. We are busy with many activities We are aging Viewing flowers rather than weeding flowerbeds is preferable That is not the definitive list, by any means, but it does hit the highlights of why this style of … [Read more...] about What Makes a Low Maintenance Garden?
It is a normal weather pattern for central Ohio to plumb the depths of single digit temperatures with little or no snow. It is equally expected for gardeners to go into planning mode during the deep freeze of January. Reviewing the last year has made me realize that I'm more prone than ever to the unknown vagaries to mess up my well laid plans. It is enough to tempt me to have no plan at all, … [Read more...] about Thoughts from the Deep Freezer
Sifting through Amazon for gift ideas? At a loss for how to delight your favorite gardener? Or just need a list of friendly hints so that you get what you really would love for Christmas, this year? A list drawn up from my own wishlists. (Affiliate links used for your convenience and to support this site.) Cutting Tools Maybe it's just me, but I don't think so... I have a thing about good … [Read more...] about Gifts for The Jolly Gardener, New Edition 2016
Single Focus Living I can’t seem to gardenblog and attend to my actual chores at the same time, so posting has been sparse. Fall is always one of the busiest times in the garden and this autumn has been spectacularly wonderful for getting things done. Which is a good thing, because I am now very slow and have been very behind. Not that this is a new condition of life! The rhythms of … [Read more...] about This Is What I’m Doing in the Garden
Yesterday's winds, today's rain, and the smell that has been on the air tells me so. The asters blooming, the store displays burgeoning with mums (I bought two huge ones at Sam's Club) also tell the undeniable story that summer has past. I still have tomatoes ripening on the vine, and they should continue to the first frost, which I expect around midway through October. How did the summer get … [Read more...] about Is It Fall Already?
The Renaissance of Heirloom Apples Traditionally, an old fashioned fall treat has been the availability of aromatic autumn apples and the rich complex flavor of pressed cider. Although grocery stores attempt to carry "cider" in pasteurized containers all year, the taste is insipid in comparison to the special flavor that blended heirloom varieties give to their juices. Some of those … [Read more...] about Homesteader Heirloom Apples and Real Cider
I have large tomatoes, plenty of them...that is not the trouble. Hornworms. and cracking, those are the troubles. Right now, I am picking the fruits just turning red and ripening them on my window. Hornworms are officially called Manduca quinquemaculata. As caterpillars they are voracious pests, munching through incredible amounts of your tomato harvest. How To Prevent Hornworms? Till … [Read more...] about Tomato Troubles
We all have our weaknesses, and one of mine is for those bicolor tulips that have a rim of one color and central color of another. while solid colors make a strong statement in the landscape view, the striking look of two colors suits me best. Three Examples One way I like to see these flowers in the garden are in the company of a harmonious lowgrowing perennial. One that picks … [Read more...] about I Have A Thing For Bicolor Bulbs, Especially Tulips
Start Spring With A Big Pop of Color Apeldoorn Tulips | Though the usual sequence is to plant the bulbs in the fall for bloom in the spring, some growers cheat the system by chilling those sold for spring bloom. This is necessary for Southern gardens which don't get the required cold temperatures. Presented here are some of the fine selections that you can plant in your own gardens to … [Read more...] about How To Plant Dutch Bulbs For Fabulous Spring Flowers