garden-design

Gardening Books to Dream With

– Posted in: Book reviews
Reading in the Secret Garden

Pity those gardeners in warmer climes who garden all through the winter. Scarcely are the holidays over, and their hellebores are up and crocuses are showing buds. They never get to put up their feet and completely ignore what the plants are doing outside. We cold climate gardeners, on the other hand, can fully and [...]

Garden Epiphanies

– Posted in: Design, Garden chores, How-to, Meditations

Gardening experience, for the most part, is accrued bit by bit, as decisions are made to do this chore before the other, plants die and we know why--or we don't--and mental notes are made about what is blooming when. But every so often, the gardener has an epiphany, a light bulb moment. These milestones represent [...]

Winter Garden Design

– Posted in: Design

I just read an interview with Piet Oudolf in the New York Times about designing a garden for winter. I was glad to see he was asked, "What do you do if you live in an area with much snow?" His answer was less than satisfying. When the snow comes down dry, it doesn’t flatten [...]

I broke a garden rule today

– Posted in: Design

The garden rule I broke today is: Don't plant flowers in a straight line. And I did it for a very good reason: I wanted a straight line. I've looked at the scene above for many years, and frequently thought to myself how much better it would be to have that swath of daffodils swing [...]

From Here to There

– Posted in: Design, Lilactree Farm

Maureen and I spent the first weekend of October in Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, NY. We did the usual things that starry-eyed visitors do, going to a Wegman’s store, where the range and quality of merchandise in a giant super-market made me feel that I was still living in the nineteenth-century, and whose theatrical, [...]