Dear Hortense, It’s been so long since I’ve read any garden advice from you that I thought I’d write to tell you about my garden and try to entice you to visit and answer just a few questions. Oh, sure, I know Dr. Hortfreud is always here, but she is better about explaining my feelings about gardening and you excel at giving me pragmatic advice on this whole business of gardening. Truly, there is a need for both of you. Anyway, you would not believe how the garden has changed since you … [Read more...] about A Letter To Hortense
Dear Hortense Hoelove, Do garden fairies really exist? Yours truly, Thorn Goblinfly Dear Ms. Goblinfly, This feels like a trick question, the kind of trick question a garden fairy would ask. You can’t fool me! I’ve been in this business a long time and know to be very careful with trick questions. They are tricky, like garden fairies. And there's your answer. I could not compare this tricky question to garden fairies if they didn't exist, could I? Indeed garden fairies do … [Read more...] about Dear Hortense: Do Garden Fairies Really Exist?
Allium karatavienseDear Hortense Hoelove, How does the Pauli Exclusion Principle relate to gardening? Signed,Phil PhysicsDear Phil,I am so glad you didn’t ask “does the Pauli Exclusion Principle relate to gardening” because then I would have had to answer yes and move on. However, you asked “how”, so I shall tell you.For us ordinary gardeners, the Pauli Exclusion Principle essentially means “two solid objects cannot be in the same place in the same time”. It is relevant to gardening in that we … [Read more...] about Dear Hortense: Spacing Plants in a Garden
Tulipa humilis 'Eastern Star' Someone left a question for Hortense Hoelove on my Facebook page. Hortense has agreed to answer it. Dear Hortense Hoelove, "How does one overcome a persistent case of horticultural senility? This condition seems to manifest itself in 1 of 2 ways. Often I see snowdrops, crocus, and early iris blooming in my neighbor's yard, and I determine to plant the same beauties in my own garden the coming fall. But when fall arrives, horticultural senility sets in, and I never … [Read more...] about Dear Hortense Hoelove: Horticultural Senility?
Tulips blooming at the Indiana Flower & Patio Show Dear Hortense Hoelove, Should I attend my local flower or garden show? Sincerely, Tulip Lover Dear Tulip, Yes, you should go! Why do you even ask? It ought to be a tradition now for you to attend if you live anywhere near your show, and even if you don't. It's a rite of passage of spring. First your crocuses bloom in your garden, then you go to the local garden show. Geez! You'll get to see tulips blooming inside well … [Read more...] about Dear Hortense Hoelove: Flower and Garden Shows
Dear Hortense Hoelove, Does a watched Witch-Hazel ever bloom? Signed, Hazel Watching in Indiana Dear Hazel, If you are referring to the Vernal or Ozark Witch-Hazel, Hamamelis vernalis, I have good news for you. Yes, it will bloom regardless of whether or not you watch it. I would guess by the nature of your question, that you are watching your witch-hazel buds and impatiently waiting for them to slowly open. Stop doing that and instead go organize your seeds. Hortifully, Hortense … [Read more...] about Dear Hortense: Does A Watched Bud Ever Bloom?