It is said; the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. I believe that is the case with the blackberry. They are a perennial and tend to grow very rapidly in season and lie mostly dormant outside of it’s growing season. There are many great things about growing blackberries aside from the tasty fruit itself. Read More
One way to have a succession of landscape color throughout the growing season is to pick bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs that bloom at different points in the season.
As the flowers of one fades, another picks up the slack and keeps the symphony going even beyond fall frost.
The key to making it work is knowing what peaks when. Read More
Grow what you eat, eat what you grow.
Central PA Gardening is presenting a challenge to bring food close to home. The 100 Foot Diet Challenge reduces the traveling distance from field to table from miles to a few steps — right outside your back or, even, front door.
Fairies have that magical way of making you feel like you are sharing a secret with a special friend who no one else knows about. Of course that special someone has to have a garden all their own. It is a place where you are taken from reality for a few moments in time. Maybe it’s time you started your own fairy garden. Read More
Fall – what a beautiful time of year. The season is beginning nicely, with just slightly cooler temperatures. This crazy thing called weather has us betting on snow before Thanksgiving this year. Have you ever noticed an amazing part of this year is we all see little puffs of spider webs around the landscape? I think it becomes more obvious with the dewy mornings and just slightly darker skies. Read More
Many of us are busy connecting with family and friends now during the holiday season. The plants we focus on – momentarily – are holiday centered evergreen trees, poinsettias and amaryllis. But soon, this will pass and we will be left with a many week void between holiday greens and seed starting. If you need a garden fix between now and Super Sow Sunday, consider visiting the High Line in New York City or Longwood Gardens.
I have been pondering some of those important life questions . . . what is the meaning of life, how can I learn to live with less, why do the grape piegrapes ripen just before our vacation?
This spring was the season that I decided to transform my boring front landscape and spice it up with a variety of ornamental edible plants, native perennials, and herbs. What was a row of common yews gave way to an unusual mix of shapes, sizes, and color that enlivened the landscape and brightened the front of my home.
Blue is my favorite flower color, so it seemed like a stroke of genius when I ripped out a hodge-podge border garden and replanted it as an all-blue garden.