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…

Downloadable Issue #2

Downloadable Issue #2

All subscribers can download a digital .pdf copy of issue #1 here: PITH+VIGOR_ISSUE_SPRING_2015.compressed   (page images coming soon) Read More

Snippets: Flora at Tower Hill  (And I’ll be Speaking)

Snippets: Flora at Tower Hill (And I’ll be Speaking)

Do you have plans this weekend? Why not take a hike outside and gather the makings of beautiful floral arrangement? If you were able to look out my window (at many feet of snow – and with a couple more on the way) – you’d think I was ludicrous for making this suggestion. But if…

The Rose Parade: A Look Back to One Year Ago Today

The Rose Parade: A Look Back to One Year Ago Today

I can hardly believe that one year ago today, I (with my family) sat on the streets of Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA and took in the spectacle that is the Rose Bowl Parade.   As the guest of the California Cut Flower Commission I had spent the previous two days meeting cut flower growers…

Holiday Wreath Inspiration

Holiday Wreath Inspiration

Wreaths are such ubiquitous holiday decorations, I find that most years I want to rebel against the traditional cliché of it all and just hang nothing… …but then I see beautiful creations like these and suddenly I’m trying to find billy buttons in the middle December. (I actually just one-clicked seeds for next year here: 20…

A Tale of Improving Weather, Gardening and Anaphylactic Shock

A Tale of Improving Weather, Gardening and Anaphylactic Shock

The snow is piling up (over the windows at this point) and my cabin fever is turning into a strange and crazy thing. I think I might be developing photokeratitis. We’ve run out of firewood and the oversized roof-cicles are making me feel like I live in a cage. So it is no wonder that…

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 about the re-introduction of this noxious weed. But I can’t deny that it is simply beautiful this time of year.  I’m constantly seeing it grace all sorts of stylish tables,  and long strands are regularly used…

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

Match Making with Fall Bulbs (Bonus!)

In the first issue of PITH + VIGOR,  Joanne Neale shared four great planting combos for fall-blooming bulbs – but a couple combos hit the cutting room floor.  They were pretty great – but we just didn’t have the space to print them all, so here are the other two – for even more inspiration….

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 where a truck loaded with kale turned over on the interstate. Then tons of drivers hit their brakes and start grazing right off of the roadway. No, that is not what I am implying at…

Viridiflora Tulips

Viridiflora Tulips

Have you started planting your spring bulbs? We started planting last week at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and hope to be finished by early next week. This year, we are going all out and planting close to 35,000 spring flowering bulbs, most of which are tulips. We began designing our tulip displays in June and…