Author Archives: aheronsgarden

Remembering Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868)

Global Johnny Appleseed? (One of an occasional series about unsung players in the world of plants) If Dr. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward had been able to grow ferns in his garden, we might not enjoy bananas in our cereal today. Dr. … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Gardener

Garden Got You Bonkers? You’re in Good Company Rising seas, melting ice, monster storms, raging fires. Climate events on planetary scale. Do our gardens reflect a changing climate in quieter, less dramatic ways? From its shaky beginnings, our garden has … Continue reading

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The True Strange Tale of an Unlucky Rabbit

In Which We Meet Rabbit One fine summer morning we opened the door to find a wild rabbit sitting on our front porch. Might I come in? he seemed to ask, nosing the interior the way rabbits nose, but very … Continue reading

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September Renaissance

Unbidden Garden Pleasures It never fails to surprise. Come September I fall in love with my garden again. Spring is always first love, probably is for most gardeners, new and tender, impatient, welcome after a raw winter. Then sun-dried summers … Continue reading

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Top Ten Secrets for Tidying Tree Trash after a Big Storm*

Caution: This is Not a How-To Manual (You have to figure that out for yourself) We don’t want to brag or anything, but with all the tropical storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, lightning strikes and hurricanes that have passed over us … Continue reading

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Hot August Daze

Spawns a Limerick Craze It’s five o’clock on a Friday in August At last, the mowers have quit for the day Silence invites Though we love noisy nights When crickets tune fiddles and play. It’s just past high noon on … Continue reading

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Right Plant Right Place

Or, The Great Garden Ponzi Scheme Hey, the Sad Sack Rack in the Big Box Garden Store had bunches of plants on sale today. Is that good news or bad news? Good, of course. But I only found one plant … Continue reading

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Our Southern Crepe Myrtle

Glory of Summer We bought her in Spring 1987 from the hardware store, a landmark in town with dark old floors that should have creaked but didn’t and dark walls with wooden cubbies that held all kinds of delicious hardware … Continue reading

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Madcap May

A Funky Mix of Heat, Drought, Fuzzy Bills, and Pollen In April, Rain turned our garden into a water park. In May, Rain elected to play hooky. Old Man Sun happily covered for his playmate, and temperatures ran up the … Continue reading

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The Great Azalea Blowout of 2019

A Big Welcome to a Banner Spring! This sounds like a car dealer’s come-on. But I can’t help it. We’ve gone from soaky  sloshy  soggy to splashy spectacular in just a couple of months. How wet was it? It was … Continue reading

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