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

Spring is Brutal




Spring is when gardens finally, well, Spring to life again.  Upward, outward, and onward—except in the case of so many of my own trees and shrubs.  With my help, their Spring direction is downward.  "A little off the top" doesn't begin to describe our little get-together with pruners and loppers and ladders and folding saws.  


But it's just this uncompromisingly enthusiastic Spring massacre that will make the garden's July to October peak as big and high and bountiful as it can be.


Welcome to a series of Spring prunings.

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Brazen Hussy ranunculus



Uncommon & Astonishing—and tiny.  And only for a few weeks in Spring, as if a daffodil and a daisy had had a love child who grew up to be gorgeous.


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