I had the pleasure of opening my garden a couple of weeks ago to the Garden Bloggers Fling, which meets annually in cities around the country. We had an international group visit the garden. It was great fun. I'd like to share with you a marvelous article by Pam Penick, who has the blog Digging. I think she captured the garden here at Woodland Cottage very succinctly. Thanks, [...]
I think all of us here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic were hoping for some good, soaking rains from Tropical Storm Hermine this past week; alas, it is drier than ever. We must be very diligent about watering (soaking) our gardens as we prepare our plants to go dormant before they head into winter. I am beginning to see plants drying out in some of the gardens I am [...]
As Summer slowly begins to slip into Fall here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic, we enter the hot, dry weather of August and early September. The first signs of Fall are just becoming evident: shorter days; a new, golden quality to the late afternoon and evening light; and the fading of many flowers and vegetables in our gardens. Besides watering and weeding, there is not much else to do in [...]
Here's a link to my 'High Summer' newsletter. We are beginning to turn the corner into Autumn. Can you feel it? Enjoy the remainder of your Summer!
I have an article due later this week on the subject of peanuts. I'm looking forward to writing it, yet I haven't gotten the urge or the inspiration to get started. The deadline will get me moving, I know, because I have a deep-seated need to fulfill my obligations to the best of my ability. I still see my mother staring at me, arms crossed, with tapping [...]
Weeds. Ugh. And yet. Years ago, I went on a landscape tour to Richmond with the Landscape Designers Group to which I belong. It was led by a designer who took us by his aunt's house. She had the most glorious mossy pathways--thick and spongy--and I was moss-green with envy! "I must have those paths!", I thought (vowed!). This tour fell around the time I was first [...]
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 [...]
Hot, dry, cooler, wet, very humid, a little fresher, pollution, not, up, down. Summer is here! My favorite season. After work, I piddle around the garden at Woodland Cottage--weeding, trimming, potting, planting. I'm just about finished planting all my pots for the season. I repotted all my big houseplants last month into larger, poly pots that look just like terra cotta, though they are about a tenth [...]