Friday, December 31, 2010
"There is such a dearth of real gardening to be done now it even becomes satisfying to set out bowls of paper-white narcissus around the house-the single most predictable of all flower exercises, but saved from banality by their vigorous growth habit and reliable bloom. Amaryllis should be flowering as well to keep your senses piqued.
On bearable January days, it's a perfect time to appreciate the evergreens. What would winter be if not for them? I love the way the conifers gild themselves in a kind of burnished glow. The cedars, blue spruces, and all junipers are particularly impressive now as they stand up to Mama's most biting extremes. The Cryptomeria is to die for as it becomes more pendulous, besotted as it is with bronze berrylike cones dripping at the tip of each branch, as are the pines.
The red-twig dogwood planted two years ago as a fill-in at the entrance of the driveway is most engaging now with branches really truly red. I had read about it in some catalogs and then found a big old overgrown clump of it in the neighborhood peering out over the bleak winterscape, which convinced me some red-twig was needed to help get through these months."
Excerpted from DIRT The Lowdown on Gardening with Style
by Dianne Benson (page 161).
Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Perfect-for-Everything Stainless Steel Trowel.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
RAKING - A Moss Rake
New Favorite Garden Chore is fluffing up and cleaning and greening the moss with a bamboo rake.…or at least right up there with Japanese maple pruning — (for me the paradigmal garden task and much easier since subscribing to SUKIYA LIVING --- the easy-to-read Japanese Gardening Journal with no-miss illustrations for pruning, setting stones all the things that look so easy but are really so hard)
I know it's not very Martha Stewartian, but I hate weeding (although there is sometimes a sense of accomplishment when the ground is damp). I like to plant bulbs, for me it's like painting pictures, but I hate getting an overgrown plant out of a plastic container….
And the thing I really hate is winding the hose back onto its reel; but I do very much like this raking of the moss.... (you can buy bamboo rakes on amazon)
Sunday, October 31, 2010
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Friday, August 27, 2010
Excerpted from DIRT, The Lowdown on Growing a Garden with Style, by Dianne Benson (pg.149-150).
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual lawn fair on the grounds of its beautiful historic stone church on Saturday, August 7th beginning at 10 a.m. Experience a local tradition that harkens back to another era: homemade gift items, freshly baked goods, hand-decorated ladies hats, flowers and plants, books, as well as items from the famous “Barn Bargains” rummage sale. Music will be provided by East End Brass. And there’s a sit-down luncheon at the “Side Lawn Café” from 11am to 2pm, as well as clams on the half shell, chowder, and beer on tap.
Kids will love the traditional games, rides and petting zoo – not to mention flavored ices, hot dogs, hamburgers, and cotton candy.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Now this is EXOTICA! These strange and wonderful Madagascar palms as seen in Dennis Schrader's wonderful private collection and on view for one night only at the LongHouse Benefit - July 17 - more than just a tickle
That’s What They All Say
I bet there isn’t one gardener on earth who hasn’t uttered the words “But you should have seen it yesterday”….Well , that might be considered charming when there is still some remnant of the aforementioned show-stopper, but how about “Oh, you should have seen it two months ago” Do you think that will be of any satisfaction whatsoever to the Garden Conservancy contingent that comes to call on September 11.
It is July 15 and there is bloom on the Lespedeza! ….the Vitex is about to burst and the Beautyberries are already turning that wonderful cold-violet luminescent color……there will not be a thing to show them on September 11
Monday, July 12, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
GREAT SEED POD DEBATE
This extremely controversial matter has me flummoxed. There are those who contend — remove the seed pods — remove all seed pods. These deadheaders who believe in lopping off any bulging after-flower parts unless you plan to propagate are on the side of putting all the plant’s energy into flowering. In other words, not letting it go to seed. Well… I have no plans (or space or time and not much patience) to breed even my most beloved plants from seed but I Love the Seedpods. I love them on daffodils, I love them on Iris, and I especially love them on peonies.
Look at these fat velvety apparitions:
So, what to do? With these lovely tree peony seed pods.......... The seed pods are as enthralling— or maybe more so — than the flowers. In nature, of course, the seed pods don't get cut off – so unless someone can present me a good reason for decapitating them…I'd rather leave them... Though all good advice is welcome…
Monday, June 28, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Polysemous words like so “artistic” and “how did you think of that?” were bandied about… and lots of oohs and aahs were dispensed by the cultivated people who came out on a perfect spring day expecting to see beautiful things. The first arrival (waiting long before the appointed 10AM bell) struck just the right note: is that Cornus controversa she asked! ? ! Why Cornus controversa of all things…very impressive, but the Garden Conservancy audience is a sophisticated one, so it was not so astonishing. I have been trying to track this tree down ever since I saw it at the fabled Rosemary Verey’s Barnsley House in Gloucestershire.
Rosemary Verey’s old and magnificent Cornus conrtroversa Variegata
It felt wonderfully enlightened to have my Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ mistaken for the very same tree and set just the right tone for the wonderful day…
Of course, the old deutzia in full bloom makes my graceful but puny ‘Wolf Eyes’ look more important than it is.
Other big hits of the Conservancy Garden Tour…………..May 1
Clashy combo of purple (Black Parrot, Queen of the Night, Orange Favorite, Annie Schilders etc) and orange tulips brought out the spectrum of new growth nearby
Mount Tacoma and Semper Maximus under glorious new growth of Japanese maple Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Red Select’
Upright vining Fritillaria verticilata
Breathtaking color play of new growth of various Japanese maples, Orange Dream, dissectum, lion's head and palmatum (or the full moon types)
Melange of Osmanthus ‘Goshiki’, Petasites variegata, Arum italicum Winter White and one Jack in the Pulpit rising very early in the season just for the Garden Tour
And, of course, everyone tittered over this because it is as close as one is likely to get to garden porn
Friday, June 11, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
The Southampton Press published a very nice story about me and the family and the garden: these pictures were taken mid-April, two weeks before the garden tour.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This year there is the Floralies of Ghent which is in Flanders, which is the Dutch part of Belgium. Unless you are a Royal or have a special entree like we garden writers occasionally (rarely) do, April 17th marks the Opening Day. Breathtaking in its grandeur, the Floralies of Ghent occupies 44,000 square meters and for thous of you who are metrically challenged, let me just say that this is huge and the participants have centuries of flower-making grandeur to live up to ...unlike our Pilgrims and Founding Fathers/Mothers/Gardeners.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
So, No need to be literal or punctilious about your Yard Bag: Itg looks empty and pristine now, but it is at its best when filled with everything from used Christmas wrapping to kindling and firewood, and it's especiallyhandyfor bringing old coats and extra bounties of groceries for your local food pantry.... The possibilities are endless and after all, spring and its endless clean-up are right around the corner...
and that;s when you really need it for gathering all those leaves, and wind-blown twigs and dried-up stalks...a home for your garden detritus
I might have to settle for just a few 'named ones' and a few ordinaries because the prices are, well, extraordinary. From Van Engelen you can get 50 Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' for $28.75 --- as bulbs delivered in autumn to be planted then and bloom in spring. From The Temple Nursery, a Galanthus specialist extraordinaire, you will get 3 for $18; but your bulbs will arrive 'in the green' this spring freshly dug and in full-growth.I am used to shelling out $20 or $30 for one desired Jack-in-the-Pulpit, but $10, $30 - even $50 for one snowdrop is totally beyond my ken. I have found one described as eccentric for $7 each and I'll go for a few of those and maybe one or two things more. Really, I can't resist.The descriptions and the language of the 'How to Grow' part are ...really...priceless.
Niether phone nor email address, just the good old way, please send $3 for catalogueThe Temple NurseryBox 591Trumansburg, NY 14886