8 04, 2016

HARD FREEZE EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT

2018-03-07T17:32:28+00:00

  Dear Friends in the D.C. area, I know this is getting old! Here we go again: Freeze Warning for Saturday night, April 9th. This Saturday night’s freeze could be the coldest of the recent late freezes. If it gets into the 20s, we could have widespread damage. In my own garden, there was some damage from the 31F or 32F we got the other night. I had damage [...]

HARD FREEZE EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT 2018-03-07T17:32:28+00:00
15 04, 2014

Freeze Warning Tonight (4/15/14) and Maybe Wednesday Night, Too

2018-03-08T16:29:15+00:00

I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this…there is a Freeze Warning posted for tonight, Tuesday, April 15, in the D.C. metro area. Be ready for Wednesday night, too, just in case. This is not uncommon at this time of year when we are teetering between warmth one day and cold the next. The recent warmth brought out new growth on most plants.   In my own garden, I [...]

Freeze Warning Tonight (4/15/14) and Maybe Wednesday Night, Too 2018-03-08T16:29:15+00:00
2 05, 2013

Spring 2013 Newletter

2018-03-08T16:52:38+00:00

My Spring 2013 newsletter is now up on my website.  Enjoy! Here's my garden right now--full, glorious Spring.  The azaleas will be at peak this weekend.      

Spring 2013 Newletter 2018-03-08T16:52:38+00:00
3 04, 2013

Romancing the Azalea

2013-04-04T21:18:59+00:00

Here's a link to my latest article for Wrightsville Beach Magazine, "Romancing the Azalea", in celebration of the upcoming, annual Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC.  Enjoy and Happy Spring!  (Hoping for a warm up soon!)

Romancing the Azalea 2013-04-04T21:18:59+00:00
4 03, 2013

A Guide for the Novice Gardener

2013-03-04T00:58:08+00:00

Spring gardening tips in my article for the latest issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine (Wilmington, NC). http://www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com/flash/2013-3/#/62/

A Guide for the Novice Gardener 2013-03-04T00:58:08+00:00
14 02, 2013

Greetings from Wilmington, NC

2018-03-08T16:53:16+00:00

Loropetalum beginning to bloom in our front yard After what always seems like an eternity (in other words, getting through January), I made it down here to Steve's in Wilmington.  I've been here a week and, already, I feel the relaxation and calm streaming into my body and the stress and tension slowly draining out.  The air is not all that much warmer down here--though I don't [...]

Greetings from Wilmington, NC 2018-03-08T16:53:16+00:00
15 05, 2012

Rain Days–Some Garden Potpourri

2012-05-15T10:29:24+00:00

Lover of sunshine that I am, it sure was nice to get a couple of true rain days.  My little world here at Woodland Cottage is washed fresh and clean.  It's sparkling in the intermittent sunshine this morning after heavy rain overnight.  This is rain day #2.  I'm getting lots accomplished.  I realized yesterday that it was the first rain day we've had this long Spring that [...]

Rain Days–Some Garden Potpourri 2012-05-15T10:29:24+00:00
22 04, 2012

Snowballs in the Rain on Earth Day

2012-04-22T11:41:21+00:00

Happy Earth Day.  It's a day to celebrate the Earth and all that she gives us, like this gentle, soaking rain we so need here in the magical Mid-Atlantic.  Everything is so green! The trees are smiling. I showed an earlier photo of the Chinese Snowballs, Viburnum macrocephalum, in their green stage, before they whitened up.  Here they are in full, glorious bloom, and the rain enhances the effect.  [...]

Snowballs in the Rain on Earth Day 2012-04-22T11:41:21+00:00
16 04, 2012

The Lady Banks is Abloom

2012-04-16T23:24:15+00:00

She is stopping traffic right now, literally...people are jumping out of their cars with their IPhones and snapping pics.  I don't blame them. Here she is, climbing an arbor in my yard, and the adjacent plants. Ain't she pretty. She is the Lady Banks Rose, Rosa banksiae.  Also known as the Lady Banksia Rose, depending on from where you hail in the South. In my experience, it is the [...]

The Lady Banks is Abloom 2012-04-16T23:24:15+00:00
6 04, 2012

Spring Continues to Dazzle

2012-04-06T09:44:45+00:00

As in all gardens, each Spring day brings something new.  Here at Woodland Cottage, we are passing from early to mid-Spring.  Soon, we'll be in what I like to call "full Spring"--when the Azaleas and Dogwoods are really kicking.  It occurs usually when the mid-season Azaleas come into bloom.  That will be soon. We landscape designers have been hopping double-time this Spring!  I haven't had much time to sit [...]

Spring Continues to Dazzle 2012-04-06T09:44:45+00:00