Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

When I arrived home from Florida yesterday (I was there speaking at Epcot’s International Garden Festival) I noted a few daffodils in bloom along the ride home from the airport, but none (yet) in my own garden. Then this morning….I peeked outside to see a couple of yellow dots had suddenly appeared overnight in an…

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

For many states, Arbor day is the last Friday of April, but there are plenty of places where the annual tree planting day has either passed already or is right now (Southern States, California, and New Mexico). So in preparation for National Plant a Tree Day, I thought I would share a few thoughts about…

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

If you are anything like me, food and home cooking featured strongly in your activities last weekend (it was a holiday weekend after all).  Lately, all of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks (Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem) are in heavy rotation in my kitchen.  Saturday night I made the Lemony Leek Meatballs accompanied by the Latkes (which interestingly…

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Mulch-less Gardening With Beautiful Ground Covers

Let’s face it, anywhere you put mulch, you can dig a hole and plant ground cover. Indeed, ground cover plants are simply living mulches that don’t cost time or money to install every spring. Just like mulch they help retain soil moisture, and they keep weeds from crowding in. Ground cover also provides an extra…

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Beautiful Baptisia + Peonies = Glorious Early Summer Arrangements

Have you ever ‘weeded’ out a plant – sure that it was a nuisance only to realize later that it was something you intended? I have.  About 5 years ago I inadvertently massacred about eight Baptisia australis that I planted the previous spring. They hadn’t bloomed (given their first year status) so a year later,…

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…

The Language of Spring in A Garden Inspired Easter Tree

The Language of Spring in A Garden Inspired Easter Tree

The old Germanic tradition of the Easter tree has made its way into modern American custom. These trees have not achieved the popularity of that other holiday tree but you know the look-colored eggs, ribbon, & branches. The 19th century Pennsylvanian Dutch adorned their homes with such a tree, most commonly a sassafras sapling that…

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…

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…

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