Finally, a grass! A garden without ornamental grasses of some kind borders on sinful–who can really resist the temptation of soft, curving, graceful lines waving in the wind? In a world of fuzzy plumes, sharp spikes, and dangling pendants, grasses rule the stage, the main characters of a multi-season show. On that list of grasses […]Continue Reading... 5 Comments.
Time for something a little prickly. I first encountered an Opuntia, a prickly pear cactus, sometime as a child behind my aunt’s house. In a little doorstep garden, she grew a phenomenal colony of Opuntia humifusa, the eastern prickly pear cactus. Eager to ‘thin them out’ (an eloquent expression of distaste in and disapproval of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have a number of ‘closet’ plant obsessions–genera in waiting for another garden in my future. One of those that I’ve let myself explore in my current garden, though hardly to its fullest, is the genus Clematis sans the large-flowered hybrids. Sure, those are nice. But I’m quite partial to the herbaceous-types, Viornas, and the cast […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
In hindsight, this 25-day assemblage of plants will look motley at best. I suppose there’s a reason (more about that on Day 25), but no particular rhyme. It’s just for fun–a list of plants I’m chuffed about and that I think you should be too. As far as that goes, I typically don’t get too […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The name Euonymus conjures up mixed feelings in people–sometimes disdain and sometimes elation. I’m in the latter group. Sure, I get tired of seeing crappy, variegated, scale-infested selections of Euonymus fortunei climb up the foundation of my local shopping mall, but those poor schmucks are hardly representative of a genus otherwise full of plants with fine foliage […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
I have to admit that whittling down the list of possible ‘chocolates’ for this advent calendar consumed the better part of a day (that should’ve otherwise been spent doing other kinds of writing and editing that pay bills). More so, it was about sorting through lists of plants that I’ve made in the last month […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Yesterday, I gave a plug for Dr. Mike Dirr’s newest book. Something else Dr. Dirr and I have in common is our mutual love for eastern leatherwood or Dirca palustris. After spending much of the last two years studying this species and its congeners, I couldn’t help but celebrate the completion of my M.S. degree […]Continue Reading... 6 Comments.
If there are two things that go together like cookies and milk, it’s viburnums and Dirr. In fact it was Dr. Michael Dirr himself that wrote that ‘a garden without viburnums is like a life without the pleasures of music and art.’ He forgot chocolate, explicitly, but we’ll include that as ‘art’. In celebration of […]Continue Reading... 8 Comments.
Sitting at my computer over lunch, I happened upon a bang-up idea–an advent calendar. One of the hallmarks of Christmas growing up in my house was the advent calendars that my grandma and mom gave my brother and me every year. I devoured the little chocolate morsels day-by-day, counting down the seeming eternity until the […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Earlier this month I extolled my gardener’s love for November, a month that few associate with gardening in my part of the world. Even now, on Thanksgiving, ten days or so after the first hard freeze, I’m in love with what my garden has to offer. For that I give thanks. Today, I’ve spent a […]Continue Reading... 3 Comments.