garden maintenance

claim your stakes (or not)

claim your stakes (or not)

August 1st, 2011

These – are the bane of my existence (gardening-wise, that is). Four years ago I was diagnosed with basal joint arthritis in my left hand and have developed it in my right hand since then. So while I can still lift 50 lb. bags of mulch without a problem, it is beyond painful to tie a tiny piece of […]

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a year in my garden: july

a year in my garden: july

July 15th, 2011

My garden in July  is a sea of green, which I find so soothing – it makes me happy every time I pull up to my house: The “Limelight” hydrangeas are starting to bloom: And the “Coconut Lime” echinacea (don’t you just love that name?) have officially arrived, both outside: and in: And around the […]

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off with their heads

off with their heads

June 10th, 2011

There seems to be an almost universal fear of pruning that inhibits people from attending to two of the most basic maintenance tasks in the garden: cutting back and deadheading. I understand – after you’ve spent considerable time and money on your plants, the last thing you want to do is make a cut in […]

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take it easy

take it easy

May 24th, 2011

As we’re now on week 2 of non-stop rain, I’m happy to be at my drafting table, designing gardens for clients. And while the sizes and styles of the gardens I’m working on are quite different, I’ve had one common request  from each and every client. That is, to make the garden “low maintenance”. Every […]

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