Author Archives: aheronsgarden

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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The Winter of Three Degrees Part II of III

Raiders of the Winter Garden Yup, that’s what they are. Come out in the cold to sample Green Plate Specials and hunker down for the winter as if they owned the place. Ah, those plants with tender leaves, hors d’oeuvres … Continue reading

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The Winter of Three Degrees Part I of III

Or, Exposure Exposure Exposure. . .And More I can already hear our northern friends laughing. You can’t be wringing your hands over Three Degrees! Three posts devoted to a cold winter! You Southern Softies! Don’t expect us to feel sorry … Continue reading

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Nature’s Caretakers

Foxy Friends lead the way. That is what we gardeners are. Nature’s Caretakers. We’re on the front lines, holding back a people-scape that creeps into wild places where animals roam free. We don’t usually think of ourselves as holding a … Continue reading

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With Sincerest Apologies to the Daffodils in my Garden

Oh daffodils, sweet daffodils, my sweet sweet daffodils, Wherefore art thou? Fain wouldst I look upon your sunny countenance Daily I seek your bright orbs reflected in mine own imperfect orbs But if thine eye forever be cast down from … Continue reading

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