Needing Street Wisdom

Needing Street Wisdom

I’ve been really frustrated with myself for the past few days.  I had a revelation; an idea I was really excited to write about – it was insightful, it was interesting, it was motivating and original….and I had it while I was walking my dog last week.  Then a guy in an orange jeep drove up, slowed down and rolled down his window and started complimenting Zippy (my dog) for being so handsome (of course).  He used the baby voice reserved only for pets. In the moment, I was charmed, and hopeful that my dog wouldn’t try to jump into his car or chase it as he eventually drove away.

And then the idea was gone.  It was like I had awoken from a dream and couldn’t quite remember what was happening just before being jolted awake…just that I wanted to go back.   And I can’t get it back.Read More –>

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

Morimo Balls – (Pun intended)

A couple of weeks ago, when I was speaking at the Philadelphia Flower show, I picked up some Aegagropila linnaei – also known as Torasampe or Morimo, from City Planter’s show booth.  Morimo are an algae that naturally forms into round ball shapes and though they are not related to moss at all, it is easy to understand why they are commonly called ‘Japanese Moss Balls’.  Native to fresh water lakes in Japan, Iceland and the Baltics, they are a threatened species and, specifically in Japan, are celebrated for their charm and uniqueness.  Admittedly, their novelty is what loosened my purse strings – plus I wanted to see if I could make something interesting with them — this is the result (I’m not sure I succeeded).

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Getting an Early Start  – Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage

Getting an Early Start – Growing Turmeric, Ginger, Rosemary & Sage

Are you an early spring indoor seed starter? I am not. Not that I wouldn’t like to be, but frankly I just don’t have the patience for the shenanigans I have to go through to do it successfully. I always get leggy, cat chewed, weaklings that seem highly un-worth the fact that I literally have…

Addressing Concerns – Thistle & Fig

Addressing Concerns – Thistle & Fig

It was with overwhelming excitement on my part that I chose to include the first installment of Thistle & Fig – a cartoon series created by Alice Marcus Krieg and Carmen Devito and illustrated by Gideon Kendall, in the spring 2015 issue of PITH + VIGOR. But this decision has not gone unquestioned and I…

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

The Nearly Done Office (with the help of a Modernica planter)

Slowly but surely my new office is taking shape. The hardest part for me is always the finishing touches. I still need to find, load-up and style the bookshelves, sort through a pile of paper that needs to be filed in my less than adequate system (dread!!), recover the sofa, and hang some more pictures. I…

Modern Sustainable Roses

Modern Sustainable Roses

In 2008 the state of New York imposed new regulations on all government-owned properties – no longer would pesticide usage be allowed.  Peter Kukielski, the rosarian-curator of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, had to find new ways to keep more than 650 rose varieties pest free. Pat Leuchtman interviewed Peter…

Learn From The Pros: Make a More Imaginative Deck with Reclaimed Materials and Stylish Elements

Learn From The Pros: Make a More Imaginative Deck with Reclaimed Materials and Stylish Elements

Decks do not have to be boring and the living space they create can and should be imbued with a sense of style that looks like something other than a furniture or deck builders catalog.  If you question how to achieve something a bit more interesting, personal and chic, I offer this project by Andersson-Wise…

Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation + An Announcement

Garden Tour: Middleton Place Plantation + An Announcement

Last week, the old south – specifically Charleston, South Carolina welcomed me for a few days while I got to know some new people.  I’ll get to what the meeting was about in just a second – but I wanted to share with you a tour of Middleton Place.   I  live in Boston – and though…

Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

Thoughts on How to Make an Attractive City

I’ve been serving on a committee with my little town to try to sort out some design guidelines for our ‘commercial district’. If you’ve ever been to Harvard,MA you might ask yourself – what commercial district? And that is sort of the point. For generations this tiny town has had an area where business related…

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

Everything You Ever Wanted (and didn’t want) to Know About Moss

I’m always up for being sent off on a research tangent.  Not knowing where it will end up, what I will learn and what will inspire me to something else, is endlessly satisfying.  So when my friend Patrick recently inquired on another post… “Have gardeners incorporated moss species into their creations, whether they be Celtic…

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

A Shamrock (Oxalis) Rainbow

I’m finding the ever- increasing variety of oxalis  (commonly called Shamrocks or Wood Sorrel) available to gardeners very inspiring. In the last decade (or so) it seems like the color and shape choices have exploded – there is – literally – a whole rainbow of elegant and interesting options.    So, in honor of all…