gardening

a gardener’s gift guide

a gardener’s gift guide

December 5th, 2013

I’ve been told that I am hard – sometimes even impossible – to shop for. Of course, I disagree. I’m merely…..specific. I like what I like. Which, in my mind translates to being a very easy person to shop for. You with me on this? And there is no more “specific” gift-getter than the gardener. […]

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how to grow amaryllis

how to grow amaryllis

October 31st, 2013

Amaryllis are large flowering bulbs that are widely available right now and through the holiday season. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and some are even quite fragrant. And unlike their popular cousins, Paperwhites, Amaryllis will actually re-bloom year after year. As we are entering the cold-weather season here in New York, […]

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the high line: summer

the high line: summer

August 29th, 2013

Oops. When I looked at my last High Line post I realized that I implied that there was to be a “late spring” post to follow. Can you guess what happened? Late spring. A.k.a., weeks – I mean, weeks – of rain. And cold. And then suddenly, summer. So no, there was no “late spring” visit. […]

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favor-”ette”: foxgloves

favor-”ette”: foxgloves

July 24th, 2013

If you’ve not yet run out to get the materials for your hanging herb garden, add these to your list: images courtesy of Foxgloves I’ve been seriously gardening for over 15 years. And for many of those early years I did so without gloves. I could never find a pair I liked – they were […]

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hanging herb garden

hanging herb garden

July 22nd, 2013

Without question, one of my favorite perks of summer is the abundance of fresh herbs. There’s no comparison to the dried variety, and I use them liberally in my warm-weather cooking. I would love to have tons of herbs growing around the house – so that I can have access to them at any time. […]

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favor-”ette”: mosquito plant

favor-”ette”: mosquito plant

July 10th, 2013

Me. Summer. Mosquitoes. We are quite the threesome each year – me being the one covered in bites.  And I’ve tried everything, in the hopes of avoiding both DEET and itchy uncomfortable bites. Candles, “natural” repellents, you name it. So you could imagine my reaction when I saw these at the nursery: They were literally […]

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dealing with deer, part 2: the plants

dealing with deer, part 2: the plants

June 17th, 2013

So last month I talked about some easy, low-key tactics for dissuading deer. You can also strategically employ plantings to help keep the herds at bay: Think “deer-resistant”, not “deer-proof”. Every season brings fewer and fewer truly deer-resistant plants. That said, in addition to barberries and daffodils (yes, they are deer-proof, I promise), I have had excellent […]

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favor-”ette”: on peonies

favor-”ette”: on peonies

May 28th, 2013

So now that I’ve reversed my position on peonies, I’m sure you’re going to have lots of them in your garden this year (at least I hope you will!). And I’ve got a great tip to help you get the most bang for your buck from these short-lived beauties. See, here in New York the […]

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couple of things

couple of things

May 24th, 2013

I do love sharing my favorite links from the web with you each month! Are you as excited as I am about the return of “Arrested Development” this weekend? Here’s something to tide you over till then. These little DIY bowls are completely charming, and so easy even I could make them! I have MAJOR […]

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dealing with deer, part 1: the basics

dealing with deer, part 1: the basics

May 20th, 2013

If you garden with deer (and you know who you are), then you know that this is a two-part post – at least. Without a doubt, dealing with deer is the #1 (and maybe even #2, #3 and #4) most frustrating challenge I face as a landscape designer – and gardener. And if you’re like […]

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