From the Kitchen Garden: Thyme for Fall!

In ancient Greece, if you wanted to describe someone as chic and stylish, you said he or she “smelled of thyme.” Since then, thyme has never lost its appeal. The Greeks valued the herb for its pungent scent and delicious … Continue reading

From the Kitchen Garden: Lovage

If there were to be a contest for the most sorely neglected culinary herb, lovage would certainly rank among the top five candidates. I first encountered this member of the parsley family two decades ago, not so much because I’d … Continue reading

Victorian Bedding Schemes

Few people realize that gardening is as much driven by current fashion as are most other aspects of popular culture. Take annuals for instance. You can hardly move about the nursery these days without bumping into some newly discovered or … Continue reading

A Few Hens About the Place…

There is something very satisfying having a few hens about the place… John Brooks,  A Country Garden This morning I stepped with no small trepidation back into the world of chickens. I’ve had chicks here before, many times in fact, … Continue reading

Outdoor Living Areas

To my way of thinking, a relaxing, well-designed terrace or patio is the most important feature of the entire back yard. It’s here, after all, that you get to reap the rewards of all that hard labor – hours spent … Continue reading

Patience

Gardening is a field in which patience generally yields high reward. Unfortunately for me, waiting has never been my strong suit; as a child of the electronic age, anything less than immediate gratification seems unendurably long. Strangely, my salvation outdoors … Continue reading

The Irresistible Iris

In many ways, I owe my gardening career to tall bearded iris. This may sound strange, but it’s true. These iris were my grandfather’s passion: he adored the plant, and as I adored my grandfather, it soon became clear that … Continue reading

Heirloom Lilacs

The lilacs opened in my garden this morning, and as the breeze carried that heady scent through the open window for the first time this year, I was instantly transported back to my childhood in Milwaukee, walking with my mother … Continue reading

Designing Your Landscape: The Great American Lawn

Part Two of an Occasional Series on Tips for Designing the Home Landscape There exists a curious phenomenon in our country found in few others around the world: The mania for the perfect, weed-free Great American Lawn. The word mania … Continue reading

Martha Stewart, Me, and a Drunken Beauty

I’ve  just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York City, gratefully abandoning the car after four hours of driving in torrential down bursts, to make an equally whirlwind tour of my vegetable garden – that is, before I was … Continue reading