Surviving the Deep Freeze

The bitter cold here in the East has wreaked havoc on the garden this week. I’m not so much worried the many perennial plants, trees and shrubs we have on the property that are fully hardy down to USDA zone 5 and below.

Green Spring Gardens in Photos

Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful public garden in Alexandria, Va. Twenty minutes from the Capitol Building, Green Spring Gardens is a National Historic Site originally donated to Fairfax County by its previous owners, Michael and Belinda Straight.

The Garden’s Planted—and Slugs Are Noshing

I am thrilled to pieces that the vegetable garden is fully planted! I’ve been chiseling away at it for the past several weeks, and yesterday I finally hammered in the last of the tomato stakes.

14 Plants For Your Container Garden

  Hens-and-Chicks photo courtesy Robert Nunnally Your patio offers the ideal place to create a colorful oasis of container plants. Dwarf trees, climbing vines, vibrant flowers and hardy succulents – all can fell equally at home on your patio and create the ultimate garden getaway. Some plants do better in containers than others, though. Knowing […]

Container Garden Obscurity

In addition to getting the veggie garden planted, I’ve also filled my patio containers with a mixture of herbs, tropicals, succulents and annuals.

2012 Seed Orders

I was sitting at the dining room table yesterday, browsing through my 2012 seed catalogs. Exciting stuff! There’s so much I’m looking forward to trying this year, I thought I might let you know about some of the seeds I’ll be ordering and why I’m choosing to give them a place in my garden.

Trend Spotting: Edible Ornamentals

I hope you and those you love had a wonderful holiday season and that 2012 brings you much success—in the garden and in life. We had a great Christmas, followed by a trip to Florida for a few days of sunshine.

7 Great Garden Themes to Try

Get your creative juices flowing by designing a flowerbed to reflect your interests and complement your abode.

Poppy Time

Photo by Rick Gush I love the orange poppies from my home state of California, but the red poppies of Italy are striking and exotic to me. One of the reasons I really like living in Italy is that so much of ordinary, everyday existence is exotic to me. For example, I get a big […]

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