The unusual and unpredictable weather this summer has my vegetable garden struggling to ripen. Sigh. But I’m taking some consolation in the joy of so many flowers defiantly blooming, despite the weather swings. This is a wonderful time of year for wild flowers. Here’s what’s blooming near me. How about you?
Dividing plants is a mixed bag of sentiments. It is rarely an easy task and sometimes downright exhausting. But you do get more plants… for free. Some plants, like bellflowers and coreopsis, are always nagging to be divided. They can’t seem to go 2 years without needing attention. With that kind of behavior, I’m not […]
Last week I talked about the Thermacell Patio Halo mosquito repeller, a nifty little device that emits a vapor of a pesticide called allethrin and really does repel the bloodsuckers. This spring I also received a mosquito trap that reduces the mosquito population in your yard, without any pesticide. It’s called the DynaTrap. I am […]
Plants, like conversation, sometimes need editing. All too often, we don’t realize that… until the plants are firmly rooted in our gardens. From aggressively growers, to sickly under-performers, to fleeting disappointments, here’s some advice for spotting the likely suspects before you drag them home. read on…
The first step in crafting the life you want, is to get rid of everything you don’t. –Joshua Becker My first step in The Minimalist’s Garden will be to evaluate and eliminate the plants that are struggling, underperforming, or causing me grief… no matter how much I love them? No small order. read on…
Have you ever wondered if mosquitoes have a purpose, other than making you miserable? The do pollinate a few plants, but I think the garden could carry on without the. In my quest to live mosquito-free, I’ve been testing some repellers. Today I report on the Thermacell Halo. This little unit actually works.
Every year, about this time, my garden turns into a spoiled brat. It always needs, or wants something more. These constant demands were easier to handle, when I was totally engrossed in creating the garden. Now… I want to call the shots. I still love my garden, but it’s time for some tough love.
July always seems like peak season, in the garden. We’re done with the ephemerals of spring, but not yet battling the tired days of August. These plants are my July All Stars. What are yours?
The unthinkable has happened… I’ve lost my gardening mojo. While I still love gardens, mine has become more overwhelm than obsession. It’s time to take stock and regroup. Can you relate?
What plants require minimal work, bloom for weeks, and last for years? Flowering shrubs, of course. All those years I was coveting more and more perennials, my shrubs quietly became the stars of my garden.