Early Snowfall

So here’s a truly beautiful sight: the tumbles of white are what most of us would call Clematis paniculata,  formerly C. maximowicziana and now C. terniflora. This plant, first discovered by famous Swedish botanist Carl Thurnberg (1743-1828), was originally christened … Continue reading

Drying Flowers

I was raised in a family where every penny needed to do double duty, so I learned early the value of preventing waste and preserving what you were given. These lessons followed me into the garden, where I’ve generally been … Continue reading

Thalassa Cruso Returns!

A few weeks ago I went to see Julie/Julia – which was terrific by the way – and I was reminded again how much I enjoyed watching PBS when I was a boy, and, how formative  good television could be … Continue reading