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Winter Reading

Winter is finally here. Although December is supposedly part of winter, we had barely any snow and the month was the second warmest in Cleveland recorded history since 1938. Today, January 7, looks like a proverbial winter day should, with…

Happy Holidays: A Year in the Garden

December 21, 2021 Uncategorized

What a crazy year. We thought we were finally pushing through COVID and it has reared its ugly head again. Fortunately, the vaccines, although not infallible, do protect us from hospitalization and death. That means that we can have family…

Child’s Play, Part 3

November 22, 2021 Gardening, Landscape Design

In the past two segments on children’s gardens, I’ve focused on creating comfort, amazing options, and playing house. Now I have a few more areas to explore. [caption id="attachment_7607" align="aligncenter" width="460"] A vine-covered arch makes a great hide-away for children.[/caption]…

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…