The year 2015 in the garden was wonderful because I mostly ignored it. Instead of working every spare minute as I did for the garden tour in 2014, I simply puttered when I had time. I made a few adjustments, bought a handful of plants, weeded, but really just enjoyed it. Lovely how the garden changes with each month as it wakes, thrives, then sleeps again. … Continue reading The Garden in 2015
I can’t tell you how many times visiting children have come to our house convinced they hate tomatoes. I encourage them to try our tomatoes since we grow them at home and they’re not store-bought. These kids are skeptical. I’ve seen all sorts of silly dramatic faces when they’re about to try our tomatoes. They cringe and go “ew!” and do ridiculous things like only … Continue reading Juliet Tomatoes: Nature’s Candy for Kids
I love to grow pumpkins, mostly because I don’t have to do anything. You plant them in good soil, water, wait, and comparatively gigantic fruits appear a couple months later. One can grow the classic orange pumpkins (‘Jack-O-Lanterns’) or go for something more decorative, like ‘Kakai’ (picutred). Regardless of variety, one thing always seems to happen to homegrown pumpkins: they get powdery mildew in August. … Continue reading Powdery Mildew on Pumpkins? No problem.
Rainy days can be melancholy, but when you have plants that shine in the rain, the melancholy turns to charm. It’s as if certain plants are waiting for the moisture, ready for it, so that when they get it, they put on their best show, boasting deep color and interesting texture. I was strolling the garden during a shower the other day and found myself admiring certain plants. … Continue reading 10 Plants That Look Prettier in the Rain
I couldn’t find much about how that idiom came to be, but we all know it means “don’t be such a wimp.” A couple of weeks ago, as I was browsing my local garden nursery, I thought the meaning of that idiom was interesting, actually downright inaccurate, because pansies are hardy little flowers. They grow best in part-sun in cool conditions, and they continually bloom … Continue reading Don’t Be Such a Pansy! Wait, Yes, Be One.