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

Monty Don’s new book Japanese Gardens: A Journey

Monty Don’s new book Japanese Gardens: A Journey

Monty Don has a new book that's a companion to his popular BBC show. It's called Japanese Gardens: A Journey.Monty Don and photographer Derry Moore traveled to Japan in spring and autumn, and captured the history and beauty of Japanese gardens in these spectacular...

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Monty Don in Japan

Monty Don in Japan

Monty Don is quite a character, and he knows his gardening. In these videos he travels to Japan for the BBC. We don't get the show in the US but I was able to find the videos online and post them here. You'll find them fascinating especially if you love Japan and love...

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Moss obsession

Moss obsession

By the side entrance to the Tea House is a flood run-off ditch that fills with water in the spring and fall. It's in deep shade and I've become obsessed with cultivating moss in this small area. Last spring I ordered a 6 foot square sheet of moss from Moss Acres. The...

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Spring is fleeting

Spring is fleeting

I've planted in some wonderful pockets of shade and this is the time of year when the spring ephemerals start to appear. The colors seem to be a range of blue and yellow with Brunnera, Virginia Bluebells, and Celdon Poppy.  Soon a white Trillium will show up. In the...

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Restraint

Restraint

If I wasn’t careful I would cover my entire property with flowers, trees and shrubs. But there is something refreshing about pulling back, becoming more simple and allowing the natural rhythm of the landscape to unfold. I'm learning restraint and allowing the...

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A black fence

A black fence

This past fall I finally put in a deer fence and added a gate to my small garden. I have a white Victorian house and after much thought decided to paint the fence and gate BLACK. In fact, "Panther Black." It was kind of daring. I painted it in the early spring before...

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A Japanese Garden

A Japanese Garden

Here is a beautiful quote from the curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Sadafumi Uchiyama. He expresses the essence of a tea garden and for me, the essence of Japanese art and culture.  

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