Cultivating Wildness

A colorful patch of wildness in my garden, featuring echoing clumps of Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, coarse foliage of Salvia transylvanica, bearded iris, low orange wallflowers (Erysimum ‘Coral Glow’), and pale foliage of ...

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Sisyphus as Orchardist

The Fedco Trees catalog has arrived, and once again I find myself failing to pay any attention to my children and job.  The Fedco catalog is not just informative, it’s entertaining, and ...

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Why I’ve Rejoined Garden Writers

From left, Ashley Sullivan (GWA deputy exec. director), Louise Clarke (Regional VP of GWA), Maria Ungaro (GWA executive director). I’ve been a fair-weather friend to the Garden Writers Association for as long ...

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“Kiss Your Ash Good Bye”

That’s what the Massachusetts state forester told me – the emerald ash borer is on the loose in southern Berkshire County where my wife and I have our 130-acre woodlot and within ...

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Benefits of Drought

It’s official: the “U.S. Drought Monitor”, a site co-sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lists southwestern Massachusetts, where I do ...

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Okay, Pinterest– I give in!

I resisted Pinterest for as long as I could. At some point, one simply has to put the social networking down and back slowly away from the computer.  But then I had ...

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A Satisfying Stack of Stones

Fresh from a class on dry (mortarless) stacked stone wall building, I am appreciating anew the many contributions of stone to a garden. Of course, I’ve already incorporated two stone patios and ...

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End-of-season stars

As much as I love spring ephemerals, July’s lilium, and other flash-in-the-pan, prettyboy plants, at this time  I take a good, hard look around and pay homage to those stalwarts that are ...

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