I’m one of those kinds of gardeners, the kind who think that if you have a sunny spot with decent soil, you should grow some vegetables.In every place I’ve gardened, the first order of gardening business has always been to determine where the vegetable garden will be. Then I figure out what to do in the rest of the space.I won’t apologize for it, debate it, or shy way from it. I enjoy growing vegetables.In fact, I think every person, whether they consider themselves a gardener or not, ought to … [Read more...] about Embrace Vegetable Gardens For A Happier Life
A friend of mine, who knows not a whit about gardening, often likes to test my knowledge of plants by pointing at a tree or shrub or flower and asking “What’s that?”Then I fire back with the botanical and common name of the plant.Then she says, “You could be making that up and I’d never know!”What? How could anyone think that I would make up botanical names?Well, I might find it helpful to have a few temporary botanical names to use in those situations where I don’t know the actual botanical … [Read more...] about Using Temporary Botanical Names
Why do you garden, if not to create a garden?I know for many of us, the gardening activities are enjoyable, regardless of the results, although we all want the results to be a nice garden.We like to plant, to prune, to mow, to haul wheelbarrows of compost about the garden. We don’t mind getting a bit dirty, sweating, feeling physically tired after a good day of gardening. We even put up with the occasional stings, scrapes, and cuts that every gardener inevitably ends up with after a few hours, … [Read more...] about Embrace Sitting In Your Garden For A Happier Life
This is the 1,000th post on my blog.Who could have imagined where this walk down the garden blogging path would take me, and take many of us garden bloggers?I started this blog “officially” on September 26, 2004. In my first blog post, I wrote about wanting to mow the lawn and about deciding what to put in my empty terrarium. I am still writing about mowing the lawn and my terrarium is still empty, showing that maybe not much has changed since that first post.Well, some things have changed. I … [Read more...] about Embrace Garden Blogging for a Happier Life
I have a problem in my garden and I think that roses are the answer.This may surprise some people who know me and my garden because currently I have only two roses.One is this white rose, a Flower Carpet® rose that is planted in a bed in the front, but not in any place where it stands out.In fact, for much of the summer, this white rose is crowded out by Potentilla fruticosa 'McKay's White' next to it and the silvery foliage of Snow-in-Summer, Cerastium tomentosum, growing up and over it and all … [Read more...] about The Answer is Roses!
There are some gardeners who claim that they do little to no fall clean-up. They make it sound quite virtuous to let nature do its thing through fall and winter.They want us to believe that once the first leaf falls from a tree, they put up their hoes, put up their feet, and watch the season change.That’s not what I do! I do fall clean-up. Yes, I do! I’ll admit it.I embrace fall clean-up for a happier life.I’m not terribly neat about it. I don’t end up with a clean-swept garden, with every … [Read more...] about Embrace Fall Clean-Up for A Happier Life