Hydrangeas

Plant enthusiasts have a tendency to use language rather floridly, if you’ll pardon the pun, when they describe their favorite plants. But hydrangeas are one of those species were the word “remarkable” is truly no exaggeration. How many plant families … Continue reading

New Mulch for Squash and a Hose Reel to Die For

Hello everyone! I’m back! Five broken bones and two wrist surgeries later, I can finally spend time at the keyboard without having my entire hand go numb. I know we missed a lot of ground this spring, but ah well, … Continue reading

2011 Seed Round-Up

Gardening is, by its very nature, the triumph of optimism over experience. William Alexander, The $64 Tomato I will honestly tell you that I came very close not to publishing my annual seed review this year. 2011 was one of … Continue reading

Garden Travels: Lessons from Malta

I’m just back from a very interesting 10 days in Malta. Truth be told, it’s not someplace I’d ever intended to visit, but a dear college friend of mine was on sabbatical there this fall, and the invitation seemed too … Continue reading

Garden Refreshers

My grandfather used to say that anybody could garden in the automatic abundance of June: it was the rest of the year that tested the gardener’s mettle. This is especially true in August, when the heady display of spring and … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: More on Endive

I was out in the rain-soaked garden this morning peering about, and noticed that finally, finally the chicory has sprouted. It took quite along time – and several week of consistent moisture – but the little plantlets are finally on … Continue reading

Birth Notice

Born, to Mrs. Harrington Magpie (Maggie, to her friends) Duck, of Southborough, Massachusetts, this Easter morn, 2011, the following 19 (update: now 20,as of Easter eve) offspring: Michael Duane Duck Laurie Jeanne Duck Cynthia Louise Duck Richard Duane Duck Caroline … Continue reading

Thinking About Starting A Vegetable Garden? Read This First.

Spurred by the sluggish economy, old-fashioned frugality has become fashionable again in many aspects of our lives, and as usual, horticulture is no exception. From radio interviews to cocktails parties, I’ve been asked again and again about ways to make … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Simply Sorrel

When I lived in Paris, one of the delights of early spring was the arrival of the first sorrel at the farmer’s market – a sure sign that the most delectable of gastronomic delights, sorrel soup, was about to appear … Continue reading

Don’t You Just Love Free Shipping on Seeds?

One thing that always really galls me is to get to the end of an Internet seed order, and then click the button only to find the total has increased by 20% because of shipping. Especially seeds. For goodness sake, … Continue reading