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.
It’s always such a thrill, when a hummingbird visits my garden. It makes me feel like I’ve done something right. They shouldn’t be rare sightings, in our area. With a few… okay, a lot, of hummingbird plants, they’ll find you in no time and stick around to feast.
What a wet and weary May this has been. Where’s the sun? While not every garden is enjoying the prolonged chill in the air, woodland gardens, like Stonecrop Gardens shown here, are ideal sites for long damp springs. If you’ve got a wooded area, you can create the perfect escape. …read more
I hope I’m not the only person who still occasionally ventures out without my phone. I always said I’d never take a job where I was on call and that extends to my personal life. I spend so much time in front of a computer screen, the last thing I want is to be shackled […]
The Big Bug Hunt is back and they are hoping this is the year it goes viral. This is a citizen science international research project being spearheaded by Growing Interactive, a company that creates software for gardeners. Each year, gardeners around the world report when pests start to show up in their garden. The folks […]
Do you devour every morsel from your vegetable garden, or do you get to the point where the sight of one more leaf of Swiss chard is enough just makes you think “Take Out”? …read more
April is the true start of the gardening season, in the Hudson Valley. This year it can’t decide if it wants to leap over spring or focus on dreary drizzle. Either way, the garden is not going to wait.
It’s finally time to start planting. April showers have begun and I’m looking forward to those May flowers. I know where I want the big flourishes to go, but it’s the coy, little touches I’m thinking about today. …read more…
When I think of the spring garden, I think of pastels. It doesn’t start out that way, though. Looking closely at the first colors to appear tells a very different story. Have you seen what’s popping up in your garden?
The site of your spring bulbs in flower is supposed to cheer you out into the garden. But when those blooms are bent and frozen with snow… looking pretty defeated… it’s hard to feel cheer. No worries, all is not lost.