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, … [Read more...] about Observations on an Ohio Spring
Garden Stories and Memories
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 … [Read more...] about Is It Fall Already?
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~ Henri Matisse When in California a few years ago, I had been walking in a nature preserve on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. By chance, some unknown person left this pretty handtied … [Read more...] about Found Flowers
Every year I promise I won't go AWOL during the main growing season of the garden. Just so I will get everything done and catch up with the past year's neglect. but every year I manage to break those unspoken, informal vows. Usually family … [Read more...] about Garden Update And Late Starts
This spring was unusually cool and full of rain. The result was a long period of spring bloom that seemed to stay fresh and picture perfect for a protracted period. I knew I should grab a camera or at least my iPhone and take some … [Read more...] about I knew I should have taken pictures
Gardening is a very hands-on activity. A recent event brought back some of my own memories and underlined this fact. You might have read on the blog that I have let my good friend develop a garden plot here on my property. If not, the short … [Read more...] about Garden Advice: Keep A Close Watch
Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Wilson Peale in a letter of August 20, 1811, "...tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.” It is an observation I often think upon. I always feel I am in the apprentice stage, but recently I came upon an … [Read more...] about When Is Garden Knowledge “Extensive”?
I've been thinking back over my "garden career" and waxing nostalgic. Thought of recording some of the evolution of past experiences in gardening. For me, the gardens and the entire viewpoint of it have slowly changed over time. At its peak, my … [Read more...] about Looking Back: The Renter’s Garden
The corn as it tasseled in late July We are finally getting summer season weather- at the final ending days of August . Not that I'm complaining, because I thought all those pseudo June days were simply glorious. But I'm not getting much … [Read more...] about News In A Nutshell
Graves At Dawes ArboretumIf I looked at the list in my Plant Cemetery I might be led to believe I have a black thumb instead of a green one. I've lost that many plants. This is not a confession to relieve my conscience, but an illustration of one of … [Read more...] about Why Your Plants Die