Tomato Death, and Other Disasters

My daily walk through the vegetable garden, normally so pleasant, could this morning only be described as dismal. Seventy tomato plants – the pride of my growing activities – are all in various stages of decay and death, struck down … Continue reading

Death From Above

If you’re a duckling, death looms large. Injury & Disease are constant companions, and being nothing more than fluff and water, you’re easily squished by hoofed mammals, humans, even other ducks. There are a thousand things that like to eat … Continue reading

Elements of the Victorian Garden: Lawn, Shrubs and Trees

If you accept the Victorian metaphor of the landscape as a series of distinct outdoor rooms, with the hardscaping forming the “walls”, “floors”, and “doorways,” of these rooms, then it’s easy to visualize the next step in the building process– … Continue reading

Elements of the Victorian Garden: Walks and Drives

When well located, walks and drives convey the idea of habitable-ness, imparting an air of welcome and freedom to a home and grounds, and in no slight degree seem to promote the beauty of the place. The most important walks … Continue reading