Your hometown kids are doing well.
How does your garden stack up with artful accessories?
Every great garden, without exception from the endless statues and fountains of the uber-formal palace at Versailles to informal plantings around rural cottages, is decorated with some sort of art.
Jump back, calm down, and move on: Good advice for encounters between gardeners and beneficial reptiles found lurking in out-of-the-way places.
In competition gardening, it’s only partly what you know or your skills that gets the prize. It’s also a willingness to jump through hoops.
Is a herb a herb, even if you don’t use it as one?
In an attempt to demystify a slough of simple, durable garden plants that are dauntingly lumped under one leaky umbrella by garden writers and plant societies, I insist that you don’t have to grow herbs as such to enjoy them.
Got good dirt? Or do you prefer to call it soil?
Hot weather aside, I don’t know what I enjoy the least between weeding, routine pruning, mowing the lawn or digging new beds.
I finally got rid of my lawn, but there’s still the other stuff, all gotta be done, and there’s little joy for me in any of it.
Ever see an old guy jump with joy and click his heels in the air?
That’s what I did a couple of weeks ago when I discovered garden-variety bottle trees featured at a major flower show in England, right under the huge floral marquee sign.
Hunkering down like Minnesotans in a snowstorm might be the way to go for gardening in our torrid summers.
Gardeners aren’t farmers; one way to avoid suffering during our long dry spells, insufferable humidity and all-night heat is to garden in the opposite season of how we were raised.