With my windmill palms snugly wrapped for the winter, another gardening year ends at Woodland Cottage. And a new gardening year begins, with a fire to welcome the Winter Solstice and the arrival of the longer days that I love.
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, [...]
...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 annual Holiday Newsletter is up on my website--here's a link, Here at Woodland Cottage, the last of the leaves are just about to fall after a gorgeous, colorful Autumn. The Japanese Maples were exquisite, and they still have a few red leaves. I've really enjoyed them. They took my breath away every time I looked out the back windows! I've started decorating the inside of the [...]
After the Summer's heat, it's time to get back out in the garden and put it to bed for the Winter. Here's a link to your chores!
Here's the link to the article about my garden in Arlington Magazine's July/August issue. www.minnichgardendesign.com/pdf/WaterWorld.pdf
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]