Category Archives: garden maintenance

Tatters of Winter, Songs of Spring

 Sunny Days Slip in Between the Raindrops! Winter took a long time coming this year. In fact, I was so lulled by spectacular fall colors and balmy temperatures that I quite forgot to put the garden to sleep. Then I … Continue reading

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September Frolic in a Southern Garden

It’s playtime in our garden in September. Happy recess between hot and cold seasons. Plants are putting a finish on blooms and berries. Bees and butterflies follow the sun, attend progressive end-of-the-season nectar parties. Birds buzz, chirp, chip, while they … Continue reading

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The Whiny Gardener

Caution: Viewer discretion advised. Pictures are not pretty. Every year it’s the same. I spend the month of February whining. Plants should be up and coming on February 1st. We’re in the south. It’s 40 degrees today! Spring should be … Continue reading

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Memories Chase This Gardener’s Brown Blues

Nothing like February to bring on a gardener’s Brown Blues. Brown leaves, brown stems, brown grasses, brown scruffy seed heads (broken-down brown) and, incidentally, gray days. Not to mention that all this brown has to be cleaned up before spring. … Continue reading

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October On My Mind. . .Still

Faded now, but traceries in the garden awaken memories. October is that cusp of December reluctant to take leave of August. October is enjoying, and waiting, and leftovers, and firsts and lasts, and looking back, and looking ahead, and knowing … Continue reading

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Fifty Ways to Lose. . .That Special Plant

Fifty Ways to Lose. . .That Special Plant Maybe not 50, but the couple dozen methods below have been extensively field-tested over a thirty-year period by seasoned experts (the author and fellow gardeners) whose experience and credentials are unshakeable. Let’s … Continue reading

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The Weeds are Laughing Again

Who says gardening isn’t fun? Not the weeds. “Look at her, down on her knees again. At least she knows who her bosses are.” Sometimes they cut me some slack, and I think I have reclaimed ground. How tidy! I … Continue reading

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A Day in the Garden

Got to get to that weedy patch today. Absolute priority. It’s gone so long the weeds think they have a right to hobnob with, no, be the boss of and push around my lovelies. Someone has already called to ask … Continue reading

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The Gentlest of Seasons

Fall is settling in. I can feel it as I walk through the garden. The sun’s light is still sharp but it has lost its ferocious heat. On this bright day insects bob from daisy to daisy to find a … Continue reading

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The Taming of the Garden

The other day I turned my back on the garden—just for a moment, mind you. Well doggone it, that corn grew as high as an elephant’s eye. You are thinking, perhaps, What a bonanza of good eating. Not so. No … Continue reading

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