garden maintenance

putting your garden to bed

putting your garden to bed

October 9th, 2014

Fact:most gardeners – including yours truly – LOVE gardening. Fact: most gardeners – including yours truly – secretly LOVE the end of the gardening season. Yes, I love my gardens. Yes, I (mostly) love tending to my gardens. But by October? I’m done. I need a break from the relentless neediness  that my gardens require, and […]

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your spring gardening “checklist”

spring checklist, tulip buds

April 22nd, 2013

It’s hard to believe that spring is here – these persistent cool temps and gray skies would say otherwise. But my garden knows better – buds about to burst, perennials peeking through. The new gardening season has officially begun. If you’re like me, you get overwhelmed with all there is to do in the garden […]

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why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

why you need a gardening calendar (yes, you!)

March 25th, 2013

Last weekend as I ventured out into my gardens for the first time this year, I was once again reminded of how handy it is to have a gardening calendar. Part of my landscape design services includes a set of maintenance instructions for all plants. It covers things like which plants to cut back (and […]

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cutting back (the good kind, in the garden)

bee balm, cut back

July 5th, 2012

Even the most confident gardeners I talk to admit to some level of anxiety when it comes to pruning their perennials. Fear of “hurting the plants” typically results in doing nothing at all. And while no harm will come from NOT pruning your plants, there are many compelling reasons to do so. I’ve already covered […]

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a year in my garden: december

a year in my garden: december

December 25th, 2011

Christmas Day – and all of my big chores for the year are behind me. Baking, done and delivered. Latkes, cooked up and served. Gifts, wrapped, given and opened. And the garden is officially closed for business. Winter is the time when gardeners dream and plan for the following season. But don’t stop looking outside, because […]

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a year in my garden: november

a year in my garden: november

November 22nd, 2011

Well, suffice to say that November 2011 will definitely pale in comparison to October – but then again, it usually does. November is the month when we shut it down for the season. I’ve assessed, divided and am ready to be done. What I do love about poking around the pots and beds (especially in the […]

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divide and conquer

divide and conquer

November 16th, 2011

It seems that, along with deadheading, dividing perennials is one of those tasks that prove intimidating for many gardeners. Division simply means digging up the plant, splitting it into two or more smaller portions and then returning those sections to the garden (or giving them away). Why divide? Although generally low-maintenance, most perennials will eventually need to […]

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a year in my garden: october

a year in my garden: october

November 2nd, 2011

This is a tale of two gardens. No, wait – this is a tale of three gardens. Yes, this is definitely a tale of three gardens. The first garden is the one I always share with you, month by month. October is the month where I make a last, desperate attempt to correct the mistakes […]

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a year in my garden: september

a year in my garden: september

September 26th, 2011

I was chatting with a colleague last week, who said that he couldn’t wait for fall to come and kill off all the mistakes he made this year. I know just how he feels. September in the garden is definitely a time of reckoning. It’s just a little too soon to start cutting plants back and putting the […]

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a year in my garden: august

a year in my garden: august

August 17th, 2011

August. Meh. Definitely not a stellar time in my garden. First of all, it’s so $#@&! hot, and I have little interest in being outside for more than 10 minutes unless I’m poolside. So the garden gets a little – well okay, a LOT – neglected. August is also one of those “in between” months in the garden – most […]

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