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Child’s Play, Part 2

October 1, 2021 Gardening, Landscape Design

Keeping to the theme of creating areas that are enjoyable for both kids and adults, I suggest one that is timely since Halloween will soon be upon us. [caption id="attachment_7572" align="aligncenter" width="460"] This hay bale maze is so short that…

Child’s Play

September 23, 2021 Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_7555" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Red water pumps in mud pie area[/caption] All plants and no playfulness make gardens dull spaces. By incorporating a little imagination, we can create areas that are enjoyable for both kids and adults. Keep in mind that…

Eragrostis spectabilis-Purple Love Grass

September 10, 2021 Deer, Gardening, Landscape Design, Perennials

Ornamental grasses could and should be part of a perennial garden. They add textural contrast as well as a long presence, both in and out of flower. Most gardeners are acquainted with Miscanthus (Maiden Grass), Pennisetum (Fountain Grass), and Panicum…

Flowering Shrubs for the Perennial Garden

The nature of a perennial garden is that is ever-changing but it always helps to have some perennials that bloom for a long period of bloom in order to plug the gaps left by those that bloom for only a…

Looking to the Future

When reading a newspaper or articles online or watching social media, much of the thrust is about the future, mostly focused on climate change and its effects on the environment. Those of us who garden know how important this is…

Some Things Never Change – Ready, Set, Go!

The best designed gardens will become the gardens from Hell if not properly maintained. The weeds creep in, the birds drop unwanted seeds of trees that we call volunteers, plants become larger than the catalogs say. It’s a never-ending battle.…

Now Is the Time – Maybe

March 4, 2021 Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_7432" align="aligncenter" width="460"] My snowdrops pushed their way through fallen leaves. The buds opened the next day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7433" align="aligncenter" width="460"] The bright yellow of Eranthis is so cheery.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7434" align="aligncenter" width="461"] The bright purple of Crocus tommasianus…