Category Archives: garden maintenance

My Garden is a Madhouse

And I am the Mad Keeper of the Madness I think it is safe to say the inmates have escaped and are now at large and in charge. Weather created this garden asylum. You have to believe me. This was … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for the Tidy Gardener

Compliments of the Untidy Gardener Now that we are beginning a new gardening year I thought it would be nice to offer the following suggestions. I hope you find them timely and inspirational. Sorry, only two pictures because the garden … Continue reading

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What I Did Then I Would Never Do Again

(MAYBE) Midsummer has arrived, and July and August are draping the garden with raggedy crazy-quilts. I knew, deep underneath my intoxication with our garden this spring, I would have to pay the piper for all that bliss (or some other … Continue reading

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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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