Author Archives: aheronsgarden

You Can Never Turn Your Back on a Garden

Or, Hope Springs Eternal under a Gardener’s Spade (Dear Reader – What I am about to tell you is the plain unvarnished sober truth. I do solemnly swear this on the Good Garden Book of all time. We confess it, … Continue reading

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The Sinking of the Albemarle and The Rising of the Sea

Mighty Hurricanes and Deadly Floodwaters One moonless night in 1864 a Union patrol boat, silent, brazen, dared to approach a colossal armored vessel that had been cruising Albemarle Sound and disabling Union ships with outstanding success. This mighty steel-clad Confederate … Continue reading

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Ranger’s Summer

This was a summer to remember. Usually summers are sleepy for Ranger. And for us, too, because our story is part of his story and his story is part of the garden’s story. Summers are just too hot to get … Continue reading

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How Bayer’s Bug-Killer Got Hitched to Monsanto’s Weed-Killer

Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole It was a spectacular June affair. Monsanto was Matron of Honor for Roundup (Lizzie Borden of Weed-Killers), and Bayer was Best Man for Neonics (Godfather of Bug-Killers). The Department of Justice was Justice of the … Continue reading

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Summer After the Winter of Three Degrees

The Pittosporum Rout What a fickle gardener I am! Pittosoporum were hit hard after last winter, harder than we thought. We assumed they would bounce back by midsummer, but they didn’t. Reasonable rainfall might have promoted growth, but more than … Continue reading

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A Passion for Purple

I must be growing old. . . for I have developed a passion for purple. Which brings to mind the first verse of Jenny Joseph’s poem, Warning. “When I grow old I shall wear purple With a red hat which … Continue reading

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One Gardener’s Irreverent Take on Time-Honored Garden Art

Behind the Scenes of 19th Century Masterpieces Some background first. Public Parks, Private Gardens – Paris to Provence opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in March and will run to the end of July. It … Continue reading

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Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls

The Whodunnit Behind Tiffany’s Flowers Lit Up in Glass We were supposed to be exploring pocket gardens and parks in lower Manhattan, but it was one of those bleak rainy days that turns a three-mile, 15-minute cab ride into a … Continue reading

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Mending Winter’s Mischief

Chicken Soup for the Garden(er?) (All photos in the text are of Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide,’ a very large, 20-year-old shrub that has bloomed prolifically and dependably but is now in a precarious battle for survival.)  Weather! Weather! Weather! We complain. … Continue reading

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The Winter of Three Degrees Part III

Guerillas in the Garden, or Try not to Throw the Baby out with the Bath Water Let me tell you what did staggeringly well over the winter. Lesser celandine! If you have read my post of March 2012, The Weed … Continue reading

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