Category Archives: In My Garden

It’s Not Tough to Make a Trough Garden

It just takes a little patience. The Garden Club of Irvington is having a flower and plant show next May and I’ve entered the category called “Alpine Garden Troughs or Containers: A collection of three or more of the following … Continue reading

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Propagate your Plants!

This is the big clean-up season before winter sets in. We’re all raking leaves, cutting back perennials, cleaning pots and tools and putting them away until next spring, and tossing out annuals. But wait, before you toss all the plants … Continue reading

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Surprise!

Nice to wake up to. Not so nice if you’re planning to go somewhere. Luckily, I’m working at home today. Hope you are, too.

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Christmas Is Bustin’ Out All Over

’Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the (green) house The plants were going crazy, bustin’ out of their pots. The annuals, succulents, perennials and tropicals all loved the warm day Happy that this winter seems more like L.A. … Continue reading

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A Tall Tale

In Canadian and American folklore, Paul Bunyan is a mythical, superhuman lumberjack. He could out-chop, out0-saw, out-talk, out-roll a log, and climb a tree faster than any other man at any other logging camp. When a friend recommended Chris Niemiec … Continue reading

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Gone to Pot

All kinds of interesting plants are growing in pots on the deck. Many of them are here via Kent Russell, “The Garden Guru,” who spoke at a Garden Club of Irvington meeting in April. He brought a truckload of container … Continue reading

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Finally!

This morning, last night’s light dusting of snow melts to reveal the season’s first crocuses poking through. Finally!

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God Is In the Details

Was today the most colorful day of the year, or was it yesterday? Or maybe it will be tomorrow. It’s the season of clean-up (especially after Hurricane Sandy), and noticing the miraculous details—seed heads and the last blossoms among the … Continue reading

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Tuteurs, Obelisks and Obsessions

A field trip on a drizzly day last spring to the Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Upper Manhattan has kept me busy all summer. The Cloisters, devoted to the art and architecture of Medieval Europe, is surrounded by walled gardens … Continue reading

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OMG

I woke up very early yesterday and went out on the deck at about 5:30 am. I opened my eyes. The fan iris had 20 blooms. They lasted one day. But what a day.

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Got Shade? Get Moss.

Once upon a time there was an area where nothing would grow. Not even vinca or pachysandra or lamium. Dark, damp, nutrient-starved from competition from the bulging roots of a giant oak tree. It’s the entrance to our back garden. … Continue reading

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I’m a Fan!

Four or five years ago my friend Jean Schon gave me small plant she called Fan Iris. This has truly been the gift that keeps on giving. It’s ten times its original size and has been transplanted and divided several … Continue reading

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A New Bed for Mother’s Day

Every mother needs a new bed, right? Comfortable, freshly made up. What if, however, as Princess Diana famously said, it gets very crowded? Over the years, many plants I’d had high hopes for in the bed next to the steps … Continue reading

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March Madness!

New season. So early, so unexpected. In Manhattan in Riverside Park along the West Side Highway: bikers and runners in shorts, cherry trees blooming pink, drifts of daffodils yellow and white. Here on Whitetail Road: buds everywhere, the willow tree … Continue reading

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Leave Your Leaves, Part 2

For two years, I’ve managed to convince the guys who mow the lawn to mulch the beds with leaves and to dump the rest of them in the compost bins. Trained to make every front and back yard as pristene … Continue reading

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The Psychedelic Day

When the real estate agent first showed us the house we’ve been living in for the past 19 years, she said, “It’s got a really valuable Japanese maple.” At the time I didn’t know a Japanese maple from an English … Continue reading

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It Hosta Be You

I haven’t done a post in my own garden since April 19, when the hosta spikes appear above ground. Why? Too busy gardening. The day in mid-April when the hostas poke through is a day I look forward to every … Continue reading

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Harbingers of Spring

The day before yesterday, the day before we left for a week in California, the hosta spikes poked through the ground. Finally. It’s a day I look forward to every year, this winter seeming longer and colder than most. Sure, … Continue reading

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The Lost Tomato

The last patch of snow has finally melted off the lawn and the seed and plant catalogs are arriving in our mailbox daily. Having been disappointed over the years by bare-root perennials ordered from catalogs, I prefer going to nurseries … Continue reading

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Let It Snow!

Let’s see. It’s going to snow until midday tomorrow, and the temperature is 11 degrees. A few minutes ago, as the light was fading, I photographed the evergreen arrangement on our deck. And as darkness fell, it seemed like an … Continue reading

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