I just got my prized copy of 'The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.' My dear friend, Dean, graciously gave me a copy, which Frances Mayes promptly signed. Here's the cover: What has a cookbook got to do with gardening? Everything. Cooking is the culmination of gardening, especially if you grow your own food. Or herbs. Or both. Cooking allows you to ingest what you've grown and share what you've [...]
Beautiful week one is now running into beautiful week two here at Woodland Cottage. It's astounding. I'll let the pics speak. The Loropetalum has never been more floriferous... Heavenly scent...
I noticed Anne Raver wrote a piece in the New York Times recently about Nancy Goodwin and her garden in Hillsborough, NC, "Montrose". Here's a link. Nancy wrote a book about her garden and her experiences there, Montrose: Life in a Garden. It's a lovely, informative read. Steve and I visited there two Winters ago, and we had a personal tour through the garden with Nancy. It [...]
Tornadoes over much of the East today as we enter meteorological Spring. Terrible and sad. It's the season for unsettled weather. We had temperatures in the mid-80sF here in Wilmington, NC, yesterday. I had some surprises on my 'coffee walk' this morning around our garden. The most astounding bloom is the Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) that popped into flower overnight in the thick, humid air. Here's what I saw [...]