Seasonal Container Garden: Whipping Up Some Holiday Containers

Seasonal Container Garden: Whipping Up Some Holiday Containers

After so many years of installing countless commercial and residential holiday containers, I could do it in my sleep. Seriously,…

The Bittersweet Dilemma – Solved!

The Bittersweet Dilemma – Solved!

After years of yanking the pervasive (and invasive) red roots of bittersweet from my garden beds, I am highly paranoid…

Traffic Stopping Kale

Traffic Stopping Kale

From this title, “Traffic Stopping Kale,” you may be imagining a major traffic incident in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara…

Viridiflora Tulips

Viridiflora Tulips

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to…

Fresh Pickings From New England Coastal Farmland

Fresh Pickings From New England Coastal Farmland

DATE: September 13, 2014 TIME: 53 Minutes DISTANCE: 43 Miles TERRAIN: New England Coastal Farmland (Dartmouth, MA) Soft early fall…

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Jude Law, Helen of Troy, and Sneezeweed

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty…

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

A Palm That Does Well In New England*

*sort of When I say sort of, I am alluding to the fact that this plant that looks like a…

Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint

Of all the plants that I would recommend most everyone include in their garden, mountain mint or Pycnanthemum muticum would…

Summer Is Not Over, Yet!

Summer Is Not Over, Yet!

Funny how one person can say something and then more and more people start to repeat it until their words…

A Greek Goddess Sweetshrub

A Greek Goddess Sweetshrub

I have written before about how much I like the Hartlage Wine sweetshrub. Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ is still…

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

Gillenia trifoliata – My Vote For Garden MVP of 2014 (So Far)

I think this Summer has been absolutely fantastic here in Maine. So far, there has been plenty of sunshine and…

Cape Fuchsia

Cape Fuchsia

It feels great to be home. For the past week and a half, I was on the road between Maine…

A Flowering Tree Wish List

A Flowering Tree Wish List

This time of year is such a treat.  It is so full of beautiful flowering trees and shrubs that it…

The Ghost of Ellen Willmott

The Ghost of Ellen Willmott

Have you ever heard of Ellen Willmott? She was an heiress who blew through her fortune on gardens and plants….

Defining Your Garden Style – Plant Partners

Defining Your Garden Style – Plant Partners

As a designer I am not immune to creative dry spells – but the key to maintaining a steady stream…

DIY:  Ideas for an Earthy Easter

DIY: Ideas for an Earthy Easter

Its in Swedish so you will have to allow google to translate for you but Ikea has some beautifully earthy…

Cutting Garden Inspiration – Marigolds and Tomatoes

Cutting Garden Inspiration – Marigolds and Tomatoes

I have been meaning to share this arrangement for days now – but it (once again) has been one of…

Lavender or Catmint – Which Makes the Perfect Purple Edge?

Lavender or Catmint – Which Makes the Perfect Purple Edge?

Whether you have visited the south of France or just seen pictures you know how seductive those mounded purple rows…

Epimedium a.k.a. Horny Goat Weed

Epimedium a.k.a. Horny Goat Weed

Again, blame it on this long, drawn-out, cold and snowy winter but I am really digging into certain groups of…

Café au Lait Dahlia

Café au Lait Dahlia

I am probably late to the party, but a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across ‘Café au Lait’ dahlia….

Keep Your Head Up

Keep Your Head Up

There are two songs that I have been playing over and over this winter. One is by Andy Grammer and…

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