NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


A Gardening Journal

Ferny Hellebore

As Winter thaws reluctantly into Spring, hellebores emerge with their usual fearless urgency. By surprise, it seems, flowers and foliage are now present.  


Ferny hellebore is the rebel: It's grown for foliage, not flowers; provides no Winter display at all; and is at its best when your dahlias are, too. This early Spring show is just the warm-up.

Zwanenburg Crocus

The smaller twigs of 'Winter Orange' lindens are, indeed, orange. What if I underplanted my espalier of them with an early-season bulb whose flowers would harmonize with the twigs while the weather was still cold enough to keep those twigs orange?




'Zwanenburg' crocus has flowers that some suppliers describe as orange. Only one way to find out if they're a match.

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: 'Blewbury Tart' Snowdrop

This morning it was twenty-five degrees and blustery. Humans would be miserable without a hat and gloves, sweater and long-johns, and windbreaker and wool socks.


Snowdrops are much tougher. For them, freezing and blustery is what sixty and sunny is for humans: Time to be outside and shine.


This snowdrop's name is impossibly twee, as embarassing to write as to say: 'Blewbury Tart'. More about that later. Right now, to the flower's unique details. Once you've been bitten by the snowdrop bug—frost-bitten, maybe—the smaller, weirder, and subtler the details, the more exciting.


Bear with me, and you'll be bitten, too.

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