Could it be???

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???

The Problem with the Patio.

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.

An Ode to Overalls (for the Ladies).

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).

Seedlings!

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!

The Depths of Winter.

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.

Shelterbelt, Redux.

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.

I Promise This is Intentional.

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.

A Home Grown National Park

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

THINK SPRING!

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!

On Rules.

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.

Seed Starting: A New (to me) Approach

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

Low-Maintenance: Myth or Reality?

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?

South Dakota.

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.

William Paca Gardens

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.

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.

Monty Don’s American Gardens

I was oh so happy to start watching Monty Don's three-part series on American Gardens (BBC, but also on YouTube I hear) during my shoulder surgery convalescence (it has taken me quite a long time to type this with one hand!). It was utterly delightful to see the breadth and depth and uniqueness of so… Continue reading Monty Don’s American Gardens

Green With Envy.

I've made this post before. I will likely make it again about this time next year. My blog roll and Instagram feeds are full of blooming Snowdrops, Iris ritculata, Crocuses, and Narcissus. There are people digging over and preparing their allotments. There are people actually gardening and I'm positively ripe with envy. Damn those Brits… Continue reading Green With Envy.

The Gardens of The Grand.

My lovely Mom and I went on a weekend getaway to The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, Michigan back in September 2019. It had been something she had long wanted to do, and the timing was finally right. It was a glorious late-summer-early-fall weekend, thought the trees hadn't started changing, the air was a bit… Continue reading The Gardens of The Grand.

Bulbs for 2020.

This year's bulb order from the esteemed Brent & Becky's was a small one. Camassias, Trout Lilies, and more Daffodils. Specifically Camassia 'Blue Danube' which prefers slightly less constantly damp soil than traditional Camassias. I've put in in the East side of the Main Garden to pair with the intense purples and stark whites we… Continue reading Bulbs for 2020.

Great Expectations.

I'm sure by now you've all figured out that I'm a fan of podcasts- particularly gardening ones. They are the ideal medium for my work and I manage to learn things while I screen cases. Just before the New Year I found "Roots, Wings, and Other Things" featuring Master Beekeeper Jez Rose and Chelsea Award… Continue reading Great Expectations.