April Garden Chores 2014

  In this area of the world April is more of a rush of garden work and blooms than usual. Due to the prolonged winter cold of this year the early flowers and all the chores condense into what is already a brief time before the warm summer starts. It is during...

Snowdrops for Earliest Spring

Snowdrops So often we overlook the simple, and go for the garish, and we are especially prone to that mistake when choosing spring bulbs. Admittedly, I love the bright yellows, reds, pinks, and blues as much as anyone, but there is something distinctly pleasing about...
A Lionhearted March 2014

A Lionhearted March 2014

2014 Chores for Mid March If I look at photographs of my garden from March’s past, they look nothing like the snow covered expanse of my garden this year. No crocuses blooming, and I haven’t even seen signs of snowdrops, yet. I always like March with its...
Micro Climates In Your Garden

Micro Climates In Your Garden

Officially, a Micro Climate can be as small as a space of a few square feet in the garden to the inland effects of a large body of water, but for most of us creating our gardens, it is a place within our property that dictates different conditions for planting...
Planting A Bare Root Tree

Planting A Bare Root Tree

When I bought trees and shrubs from garden catalog orders, often they were shipped as bare root plants. While we are placing the orders, and dreaming of our garden plans on the cusp of Spring, I thought a brush-up on tips that help make those plantings a success would...
Shrubs To Feed The Birds

Shrubs To Feed The Birds

I am writing this during one of the coldest, longest winters that I can remember in the lifetime I’ve lived in Ohio. It started at Thanksgiving with whiz-bang cold and snow and marched right through December. After a very short respite of January thaw, it dived...
Clematis Vine Marie Boisselet

Clematis Vine Marie Boisselet

The purity of the bloom with its simple large star of petals makes Marie Boisselet one of the most pristine of the white clematis varieties. The eight petals are huge and have a clear, shining white color that beams from the vine. It grows to about eight feet, which...
I Pray For My Plants

I Pray For My Plants

I’m sure that would sound a little strange to some people, and rather eccentric. But I think that the fact that I have said a blessing over some of my plants and trees, both when planting and at different times over their growth period has meant a difference in...
Choosing Your Christmas Tree

Choosing Your Christmas Tree

Choosing Made Easy With This Evergreen Guide Which are the most popular? It depends on where you live, but folks from all over voted in a poll that compiled a list of the favorites. Here in Ohio, Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Douglas fir, Pine – both Scotch and...
Wintertime Composting

Wintertime Composting

It’s gotten suddenly cold with a long period of chill that sends the final message that our gardening season is over. And although the active growing season may be done, and the chores list has shortened, there are still things to be done in the garden. Do you...
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