Going to the Birds

As I write this morning, an entire host of robins – and I do mean a host, as I’ve counted over 20 – has settled into the Japanese crabapples outside my study window. (Didn’t robins used to fly south? No … Continue reading

Sad Sack

For those of you wondering about my constant admonition not to plant rhododendrons as foreground plantings in the Northeast, here’s why: This is one of my favorite rhododendrons ‘Sensation’ this morning in 15º weather… (The picture is a bit blurry … Continue reading

Antique Gardening Books

OK. I have to admit to an addiction: It’s almost impossible for me to pass up old gardening books, especially Victorian ones. I’m not quite sure exactly how I fell into this trap. Somewhere along the line I came across … Continue reading

Plants With a Past: The Yew

Ah, the poor, benighted yew. Once the subject of reverence and worship, this magnificent tree (please note I did not say shrub, more on that later) has come to play an almost comically insignificant role in the modern landscape. In … Continue reading

Last Minute Tips for Small Bulbs

OK, admit it. Like me you probably have a few packages of bulbs languishing around the garage or shed, still waiting to be planted. If they are not totally dessicated or moldy (and they are probably not – can’t get … Continue reading

The Garden in Autumn

Once again, late autumn settles into my garden like a weary old man into his favorite chair. It’s a quiet time, a comfortable time, certainly not hectic like spring, nor showy like summer – more a season to contemplate the … Continue reading

Garden in a Pot

Earlier this spring I was shopping for plants at the nursery, and came across a wonderful selection of  (mostly) tender succulents being sold as annuals. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with these little guys, but … Continue reading

Alliums

These days is rare to find the smallest garden that doesn’t include at least a few early spring bulbs, even if  the selection is limited to several clumps of  daffodils, crocus, tulips or hyacinths. But when it comes to the … Continue reading

Building A Rock Garden

One of the great things about working in design is that you get a chance to experience a wide range of mediums, far greater than you would ever have in even the most ample single garden. Recently I was called … Continue reading