And here we are again—the holidays have begun! Here is a link to my Holiday 2016 Newsletter, full of reminiscences, news of this years trips, and garden advice. Enjoy--and Happy Holidays!
...but we know it will, of course--eventually. From this (Bluffton, SC, February 2014)... ...to this (Arlington, VA, March 6, 2014) It's good to be back home in Arlington, though not to this cold and snow! Except for the ice storm that occurred when I first arrived in North Carolina last month, the Winter weather down South this year was gorgeous. Winter Damage The lowest temperature [...]
Here's a link to my Holiday 2013 Newsletter. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
I've been driving up and down Interstate 95 to destinations anywhere from Arlington, VA, to Key West, FL, for 30-some years now. I've passed by, but never stopped in, Darien, GA. It's about an hour South of Savannah, GA. Steve and I visit Savannah often. We make Savannah our headquarters, and we always pick a day, hop in the car, pick a direction, and just drive. Last week was [...]
We just got back to Wilmington, NC, from four days in the Savannah, GA, area. Lawsy, it was nice. Most of the time, it was cloudy and cool, but Thursday the sun popped out and the temperature went up to 75F. We threw on some shorts and a t-shirt and headed into the historic district for a nice walk. Rest easy, my Northern friends: Spring [...]
If you garden, Winter is a time of major dreaming. Dreaming about how our gardens will do this year, dreaming about maybe traveling to see some gardens, and, well...dreaming while sleeping. It's a great time for naps, snuggled up in your favorite old blankets and afghans. Personally, my reading time is just before I sleep--at night or before a nap. I relax and dig into whatever book I'm reading [...]
Japonica. Camellia. Some say it like this: Kuh-MAYL-yuh. Here in the South, "Japonica" is a catch-all term for so many plants: Winter/Spring-blooming Camellias, Pieris...any plant whose species name is japonica is fair game down here. Whatever you call them, they're all the same and they're all Camellias. I just took a turn around my woodland garden, and the early Camellia japonicas are blooming away. Of the varieties I have, [...]