It’s officially spring, but the season is just now stirring, shaking off the long sleep of winter. As the crocuses and robins return to show us it’s coming, hearts rejoice. Spring is the world made anew..Read More
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We can’t let ourselves be seduced by a pretty face that hides aggressive intent. The lesser celandine, a favorite in its native land, is a menace to the native wildflowers of our damp woodlands. Take a deep breath and root it out.Read More
Don’t pussy willows take you back to a certain childlike joy? Soft and silky, and oh-so-pettable, these little catkins charm everyone with their prediction that spring is on the way. If you’ve thought of growing your own, read on.Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day and more bouquets will be changing hands today than on any other holiday. Don’t settle for the same old, same old when you could be sending secret messages in the language of flowers.Read More
In honor of the just-celebrated Chinese New Year, my thoughts turned to the many plants that have made their way here from the Middle Kingdom. I knew little about the paulownia until I was asked to identify a strange leaf.Read More
Give me a beach where the sun is warm and the shade comes courtesy of a rustling palm. You can grow palms here as over-sized patio specimens with a great backstory. How many other plants once figured in a political scandal and inspired an indelible figure of speech?Read More
In few places are art and nature more deftly entwined than in Claude Monet’s gardens at Giverny. Located about 45 miles from Paris, the gardens are familiar from the artist’s Impressionist works, which are known worldwide.Read More
If dreary winter weather gets you down, consider a trip to a warmer, gentler season. It doesn’t take plane tickets to bask in abundant living color at one of the area’s outstanding glass houses. Road trip!Read More
January is sort of a slow month. To liven it up, I like to give amaryllis bulbs away at Christmas and then challenge my friends to a race. Who will get the first bloom? Gentlemen and gentlewomen, start your engines…Read More
Christmas brings out our inner child, innocent of cynicism and giddy with anticipation. Try for a moment to recapture that open-hearted embrace of things magical and mysterious. It will do you some good, I promise. (Photo, Maggie/Flickr)Read More
These short days and long, dark nights draw us into ourselves. But next week we arrive at the winter solstice, fulcrum of the season, and the balance tips once again toward the light. Rejoice!Read More
Wreaths have a long history as a symbol of hospitality and celebration. They are also easy to customize to suit your house color, room decor or flights of fancy. This is folk art, folks, so enjoy.Read More
Gratitude for our blessings is the finest impulse of today — or any day. May Thanksgiving reflect the best of family, friendship and feasting. And by the way, thanks to you, dear readers, for joining me here through the year.Read More