As Hortocrates once said, "A new year is like a freshly plowed field. Plant it thoughtfully." "Carol..." Yes Dr. Hortfreud? "Who is Hortocrates"? Well, Dr. Hortfreud, Hortocrates is a famous garden philosopher. I am surprised you haven't heard of her, considering how learned you are. By the way, her name rhymes with Socrates - Hort-a-cra-tease "I think you made her up, Carol." I made you up, Dr. Hortfreud. "Profound, Carol, profound. Please continue." I am looking forward to … [Read more...] about A freshly plowed field for the new year
Hello, Carol. Hello, Dr. Hortfreud. Care to talk about this box from Logee's Greenhouse that showed up on your porch yesterday, Carol? Well, that depends, Dr. Hortfreud, if you think it is a good thing or a bad thing or just a thing that there was a box with plants. For now, let's consider it just a thing. What plant was in the box? Plant? Singular? So it was more than one plant, Carol? Well, actually, there were three plants in the box, with the potential for many … [Read more...] about Dr. Hortfreud discusses Viola banksii
Even experienced gardeners have their troubles at times. Out in my vegetable garden, something has eaten all the leaves off the pole beans and edamame. My guess is it is rabbits doing the eating. I've done nothing to keep them away. I really should get out some spoons and forks to set up my mini fortresses. (Rabbits here. We don't know why she blames us. Burp. Excuse me, I ate too many bean leaves today. I really do need to go on a diet. If I get much fatter and slower, even Carol … [Read more...] about Even experienced gardeners have their troubles
June? Where are you June? Where are your pleasant days, your gentle rains? Why do you bring us hot, dry days and late summer flowers? June, this is not funny. Carol? Yes, Dr. Hortfreud? Why are you writing to a month of the year like that? Was I writing to a month of the year? Oh, I guess I was. I guess the heat and lack of rain are getting to me. I have some advice for you, Carol. Am I going to like it? Maybe, at least I hope so. My advice is to water to keep your … [Read more...] about June? Where are you, June?
Clematis 'Pagoda' My Dear Dr. Hortfreud, And so I find that I am rather inexplicably entering into a Clematis phase in my evolution as a gardener. Mother Nature, with help from some enabling nurseries like the nearby Soules Garden, has put me in the enviable position of having eight new Clematis plants to put out in my garden Truly, I thought I was safe going to Soules Garden, at least when it came to Clematis, because they are known more for their daylilies, hostas, and Arisaema, and many … [Read more...] about My Clematis Phase
Hi Dr. Hortfreud. Hello Carol. I hear you saw several movies last week. Oh yes, I did, Dr. Hortfreud. I saw three of them. Care to tell me about them? Sure. First I saw War Horse. There were some great scenes of the Irish country side in it. I can see why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle. It was so pretty. There was also a scene where the horse was hitched to a plow and they were trying to plow a field full of rocks. Next I saw My Week with Marilyn. That one took place in rural … [Read more...] about Discussing movies with Dr. Hortfreud