About 3 years ago, when we first started the main garden space and had the limestone slabs put in, we planted a Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn in the center of it. It was the perfect combination of size and features and I was sure, after much research, that it would be perfect for this space. I… Continue reading Rusty Hawthorn.
There is a particular brand of joy that is unique to the truly Northern segments of this great country (no, Washington, you don't count). It doesn't take much to stir the beginnings of this unique subset of joy... you feel it coming on (a bit like when you know you've started to blush) when the… Continue reading Elation!
Last week I was shuttled off to San Diego for work. It was a breakneck pace, but we did have one half day to explore and there were many sunset dinners at very posh restaurants. But the best part was all the green and sunshine! Oh, and the blooms! I'll put up another post shortly… Continue reading Sunny San Diego
I often wonder what other goes through other gardener's minds when they read or watch Garden Trends reports. There are a shocking number of posts like these, from Extensions to the RHS to blogs to magazines and companies looking to sell something new. They range from ideologies to specific plants, from space use to products.… Continue reading Trendy?
I believe I mentioned this experiment in my seed selections & Veg garden plans post earlier this year... My ongoing attempt to find greens that I can grow in my conditions, the most notable change to how I tend to do things is that I’m growing said greens in both the Potager and the Veg… Continue reading The Great Greens Experiment of 2020. Part 1
Folks! There is bare ground at our house! Witness: Yes, yes, yes. I know there is still a goodly amount of snow and that what has been exposed is untidy and a bit grody looking, but this is PROGRESS! The week ahead has highs in the mid 40F range so I expect to have very… Continue reading Could it be???
When we first moved in to this house there was a rotting deck in the front of the house that we promptly demolished (see below). We didn't like how small the deck was and how confined it felt, not to mention the views from both the house and the deck (when seated) were lackluster at… Continue reading The Problem with the Patio.
I'll admit straight away that this post is owed entirely to a pending shipment of new gardening overalls from Duluth Trading Company. This is not an ad (though, DTC, call me! Love your stuff!), just me being really excited that spring is nearing and I'm getting new gardening gear. I've mentioned my love of the… Continue reading An Ode to Overalls (for the Ladies).
Ask and ye shall receive! The new seed starting set up seems to be working like gangbusters. I already have better germination rates than I did last year (by far) and this is with things with spottier germination (and longer times 'til germination) than what I usually grow. I couldn't be more pleased! Here she… Continue reading Seedlings!
Here in Wisconsin we've entered what is truly the depths of winter. By mid February, everyone I know is crawling up the walls with cabin fever. Mother Nature becomes increasingly spiteful this time of year- the sun begins to shine brightly (sunglasses are as necessary now as they are in July), but the lack of… Continue reading The Depths of Winter.
Back last Spring, I posted about our intention to put in a shelterbelt/windbreak/hedgerow along our property line to minimize drifting of snow across our driveway. We started by rooting many of the Dwarf Globe Arctic Willow (Salix purpurea ‘Nana’) cuttings that were necessary to rejuvenate them after the rabbit damage from our hellacious February. The… Continue reading Shelterbelt, Redux.
We were at one of our local garden seminars the other weekend and one of the presentations we went to was about planting small native gardens. Mary Jo Fleming from the Chippewa Valley Master Gardeners has drank the Rewilding and Homegrown National Parks Kool-Aid along with me and has the garden to back it up.… Continue reading I Promise This is Intentional.
Hoo boy! I love it when I read another article or blog post and get all excited and fired up! Margaret over at A Way to Garden spoke with Doug Tallamy, author of "Nature's Best Hope" about how we, the humble homeowner, are nature's best hope for better success with conservation and general habitat growth.… Continue reading A Home Grown National Park
I just thought we could all use a reminder of what is waiting for us on the other side of winter. Its snowing like the Dickens here today and Lord knows these long, cold, dreary days of January and February make it hard to remember that Spring will, eventually, come back. So here are some… Continue reading THINK SPRING!
I was recently reading another gardening blog and she asked what gardening rules we found it hardest to abide by. My response was all of them! But let me clarify before you judge me: I am a very firm believer in horticultural rules. I believe in Right Plant, Right Place more than any other gardening… Continue reading On Rules.
Oh seed starting! You are the first bit of gardening I get to do every year. I love its frugality, seeing the whole process from the very beginning, and being able to grow varieties I know I can't get in local nurseries. When we first moved here my set up was on folding tables with… Continue reading Seed Starting: A New (to me) Approach
I go back and forth about the notion of a low-maintenance garden and The Middle Sized-Garden's recent post about it rekindled the internal debate. Is it really a realistic goal for a natural space- even when planned and tended to by humans- to be low-maintenance? Should it be? She mentioned some things that I think… Continue reading Low-Maintenance: Myth or Reality?
All this talk of American Gardens, pioneering spirit, and rewilding got me thinking about what, exactly, spurred my love of prairies. I suspect it had much to do with our years spent living amongst them. We lived in South Dakota, near Sturgis and in Rapid City, at the base of the Black Hills for about… Continue reading South Dakota.
While in Annapolis last May- gosh that feels like such a long time ago!- we stopped by the William Paca Gardens as a short change of pace from all things Navy. I'd heard great things and seen beautiful photos online, so my expectations we reasonably high that we'd get a lovely historical garden tour. It… Continue reading William Paca Gardens
Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation. It’s about letting nature take care of itself, enabling natural processes to shape land and sea, repair damaged ecosystems and restore degraded landscapes. Through rewilding, wildlife’s natural rhythms create wilder, more biodiverse habitats. This word seems to be a bit of a catchphrase amongst the hip and trendy… Continue reading Rewilding.