Acer palmatum 'Shindeshojo' on the north side of my garage.

There is magic in the garden this spring

There is magic in the garden this spring, but there are no magic formulas to achieve such beauty. Gardening is hard work. Cutting back perennials, weeding, improving the soil and transplanting are all steps to achieving this alchemy. I planted six shrubs yesterday, two Hydrangea paniculata Quick Fire® and three H. paniculata Little...

See those in front with the yellow tips? They just came out of the closet today. The vase on the left is modern. The turquoise one may be modern too, but it has the Tye type shape. It came from England.

Bulb forcing experiments

Yes, I know, it’s mid-fall, and here I am talking about forcing bulbs indoors. Well, now is the time. All bulbs except the Narcissus tazetta class and Hippeastrum (amaryllis) must be chilled for approximately twelve weeks, give or take, before you can force them on vase or in bowls–or...

red tulips with Hakonechloa 'All Gold'

Bulb story

Once upon a time, there was a very earnest young gardener who imagined a field of tulips, ‘Red Emperor’ of course. She bought a big bag at the local store, came home, gathered her gardening bucket, her special bulb transplanter and gloves. Going outside, she dug holes at least...

Red fountain in the new potager in 2010.

Dear Friends and Gardeners, August 31, 2010

Dear Carol, Mary Ann and all of our gardening friends around the globe, I wish I could write and say I’d planted the fall vegetable garden, but yesterday, ragweed pollen put me down for the count. I didn’t get anything pulled up or planted. However, here is what I...