28 02, 2010

Travel and Garden Design


I love to travel. I love the "otherness". Besides a chance to get out of my usual surroundings and experience time in a different environment to regroup and refresh, I get a lot of design ideas by visiting gardens wherever I travel. I see new plants I just have to have and then I try to figure out if I can grow them...or what I can substitute that might [...]

Travel and Garden Design 2010-02-28T19:38:17+00:00
24 02, 2010

The Earliest Veggies


I am lucky enough to be able to split my time between Arlington, VA (Washington, DC, area) and Wilmington, NC (southeastern NC, not far from the SC border). Arlington is in growing zone 7, Wilmington is in zone 8. Arlington has heavy clay soil, Wilmington sand. This gives me the opportunity to grow different plants in different conditions. Steve, my partner, turned the vegetable garden here in Wilmington last [...]

The Earliest Veggies 2010-02-28T18:59:41+00:00
22 02, 2010

Blooms Garden Tour


How I wish I could go! I hear Donna Dawson, Master Gardener and tour guide par excellence, gives a great tour through her company, Gardening Tours. Check it out. Adrian Bloom's Celebration of English Gardens Tour July 3-11, 2010 For more info, go to www.gardeningtours.com and click on "Blooms2010". There is no finer example of using plants to inspire both intellectually and emotionally than English garden design. Steeped in [...]

Blooms Garden Tour 2010-03-02T23:10:33+00:00
17 02, 2010



I got home a few days ago to feet of snow! Actually, the roads were not as bad as I thought they'd be, though my street only had one lane plowed, so I had to park in the parking lot of this funny little dentist's office at the entrance to my street and walk up to my house. Everything with the house was fine--power on, roof not caved-in, etc. [...]

Whoa! 2010-02-28T18:26:43+00:00
10 02, 2010

What the…???


I was standing by the sliding-glass doors, here in Wilmington, NC, a few minutes ago. The wind is howling and pinecones are flying off the longleaf pines around the house...but there is no snow and the sun is shining and warm. I escaped the first of this week's DC blizzards last Friday, thank the heavens. I mean, what is going on? I went through the Christmas snow a couple [...]

What the…??? 2010-02-10T15:52:26+00:00