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Grab Your Tools and Get Out There!

[caption id="attachment_7138" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Old concrete patio with pile of old sandstone waiting to be installed.[/caption] The world as we’ve known it has changed radically overnight. Social distancing is now the norm and fear is pervasive. Retail, except for essential…

Dreaming of Spring

[caption id="attachment_7125" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Deadwood bird sculpture[/caption] Samuel Coleridge said:                All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair,                The bees are stirring, birds are on the wing,                And Winter slumbering…

Fence Me In

February 21, 2020 Gardening, Landscape Design

The sun is shining but it’s not yet time to put away the winter coats. However, if you don’t have a fence or are thinking about replacing one, read on. Fences are everywhere but most of them are ugly, boring,…

Friend or Foe: Perennials That Run

[caption id="attachment_7098" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Ice-covered Acer palmatum[/caption] In spite of the fact that our weather is so unstable right now, it’s not too soon to be thinking about which perennials or grasses would fill bare or problematic spaces. [caption id="attachment_7099"…

Some Things Never Change – The Relationship between Perennial Garden Design and Maintenance

[caption id="attachment_7088" align="aligncenter" width="461"] My mixed border in mid-June[/caption] Now that the catalogs are arriving and we are starting to dream, it’s time to think about the relationship between garden design and the amount of maintenance that will be necessary.…

Garden Musings

[caption id="attachment_7063" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Rain-www.clker.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7064" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Dreams-clipartlibrary.com_.jpg[/caption] How gray can it be? Very gray. If you are a half-empty glass person, it’s a rainy, depressing day. However, if you are a half-full glass person, it’s a day…

The Holiday Bookshelf, Part 3

Both Christmas and Chanukah start next week. This post will, therefore, be a bit longer than usual since I want to bring three books to your attention. The first is Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces by Jan…