Gardens

Gardeners are fascinated by what’s growing, what’s in season, the latest design, the newest plants. I’m currently obsessed with moss and am cultivating a small plot near the entrance to my teahouse. Part of a gardener’s passion is seeing what other gardeners do – and what the latest trends and likes are. I write about these topics and others.

After 20 years my tea garden is reaching maturity. My job now is to keep all the shrubs and trees healthy and trimmed. No easy job with ferns and bamboo! 

My focus is on Japanese gardens, but I also love the gardens of the Dutch designer Piet Oudolf. I’ve heard it said, “Give a gardener an inch and she’ll take a mile…” Well, that’s me. 

Recently I’ve inherited a next door property with a large field and mature Norway Maples. I planted the field with 7 crabapples and am now working slowly to develop a naturalistic planting scheme with grasses and wild-like flowers. This spring, inspired by Innisfree garden in Millbrook, NY, I started by planting Primrose and Iris. As time goes by I’ll share the development of this garden as well as others that come across my path.

Articles

30 billion dollars a year

30 billion dollars a year

I heard that gardeners spend 30 billion dollars a year on gardening stuff. That dollar amount is so huge I had to double check it on Google. It's accurate. What are we all spending money on? For me it's perennial and annuals every spring. I'm making a woodland garden...

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The last of the Camellias

The last of the Camellias

Winter is over and so too are Camellias. They bloom from December into early April. Here are the last blooms from my plants which I overwinter in a cold room in my house.  

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First winter snow

First winter snow

When it snows for the first time I'm out in the garden looking for tracks of deer which have been invisible up to now. I'm tracking where they go so I can put up barriers so they don't get near my beautiful Hemlocks and Japanese Yew which they will chew up and...

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Indian summer is over

Indian summer is over

Indian summer has come to an end. The nights are cold and even though we haven't had a hard frost yet, I've brought in the Camellias to over winter. I also dug up the Papyrus 'King Tut' that I have been growing this year in the garden. In the pots they seem huge. I'll...

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Taking risks

Taking risks

Jiny Blom, a well known landscape designer said “Take risks. If someone tells you something is impossible, see if you can do it. Gardening is a knife edge between disaster and serendipity.” I felt she was talking directly to me when I built this stone path. I...

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Hedges

Hedges

Hedges and fences form the bones of a garden and create rooms with distinct styles. What starts out as a blank slate now has a frame that can be filled. One of the first things I did in my garden was to plant thirty feet of privet along my property line to enclose the...

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Flowers of late summer

Flowers of late summer

Late summer is here. Goldenrod has appeared which is always the first sign of autumn. Purple loosestrife and Queen Anne's Lace are everywhere in fields. Besides the flowers growing in my own garden, I've been out picking from the roadside. Here's what I picked from my...

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A small, intimate garden

A small, intimate garden

I went over to Olana the other day looking for trees that had big leaves. I needed a leaf to use as a lid on a glass water container for tea. Here you can see the leaves I collected. The vase is the squiggly shaped glass object - designed by Alvaro Alto. Olana, which...

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Spring to do list

Spring to do list

Finally spring is here. Temperatures today were in the 70's. Low tonight in the 40's. I've finally turned off my heat. Most everything in the garden is showing signs of life. Here's my 'to do list' for the next day or two... 1) Leigh - ask to borrow his seiza bench...

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