La meme chose?

16 January 2017 Change – inevitable? When you have an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer and the border of your garden with the highway is lined with 18 large (50-70′) ash trees, then the answer is “yes”. Such has been the case here. Three summers of late summer drought had weakened the trees such that … Read more

NEW YEAR – and regular posts!

7 January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR! On December 24, I happened to notice a dandelion hugging the ground at about 1/8” and proudly displaying one large, incredibly yellow bloom as if to say, “So there!” Last night, the low was 1 and there will be no more blooms for at least a week now. “La … Read more

Garden Update

What a year! Except for the two abnormally weeks (one in March, on in May), this has been an amazing spring. Flowers are lasting and lasting with many of the flowering shrubs holding onto blossoms two to three times longer than would normally be expected and many have produced their finest ever display. The roses … Read more


The sun is shining, there is a light breeze, the temperature is 71 degrees F and the birds are singing. And I have a headcold, which is why this post (overdue, I know) is being written in the middle of such a wonderful day. In one of the last posts, I counseled against buying trees … Read more

Spring is NOT here yet!

Based on the current temperatures (it is 60 at 6:30 in the evening as I type this), you would think otherwise. However, it will be in the mid-30s this weekend and spring does not yet officially arrive until the 22nd. Even making that assumption can be dangerous. If you haven’t already figured it out, there’s … Read more

Turning over a new leaf (ves)

Botanical reference aside, I’ve decided to make every attempt to do at the very least a weekly posting. I make no promises as to quality of content. Posted subject matters will be whatever has come to mind in the previous hours or weeks and on topics I hope will be of interest/help to any budding … Read more

Hoar Frost

The trash appeareth to pileth up – but, yo!

Whee and hot dog! Leaves, leaves, leaves! What others discard with distain, we embrace with enthusiasm! Given the fact that this autumn’s weather has been considerably milder than the last couple of years’, leaves have lingered longer and we have had to wait for the first installments of next year’s topsoil to arrive, neatly packaged … Read more

Lucky Day

Nothing unlucky about today, Friday the 13th. The Garden still glories in fall colors. This has not been a spectacular year for fall color; only a few of the sugar and red maples seem to be enthusiastic. But it has lasted for what seems a rather extraordinarily long stretch and has made up for the … Read more

In the Garden

In the garden with interesting plants The over-all design of the garden is generally informal although there are some more formal features such as the rose and herb garden with outline in brick and center walk of gravel with center pool and fountain, or the ‘great Allee’, even though it is in the middle of … Read more