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The Perfumed Garden

By: Lisa Briggs | May 14th, 2019 The sense of smell is amazingly underrated. An aroma can bring pleasure or alert you to danger. You can sniff out the truth. My absolute favorite is that scent created by a summer rainstorm drenching the pavement and soil on a warm...

Late to Emerge Perennials

By: Lisa Briggs | May 8th, 2019 Gardeners are not the kind of folks who enjoy being cooped up in the house all winter. When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire...

Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

By: Lisa Briggs | May 8th, 2019 “Don’t knock the weather. Nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change.” These words are can certainly be applied to the weather this spring. The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating...

The Impermanence of Spring

By: Lisa Briggs | May 1st, 2019 After a winter of brutally cold temperatures, we gardeners hold our collective breath until the first green shoots of spring poke through the wet soil. And then, to add insult to injury, these fragile perennial plants and...

Late April Spring Gardening Tips

By: Lisa Briggs | April 25th, 2019 No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end and now that it seems spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. Since the outdoor chores that must be done...

The ABC’s of Lawn Care

By: Lisa Briggs | April 24th, 2019 The ups and downs of this spring’s weather have us all reeling. One day it’s sunny and 70 degrees and we are over the moon, popping in pansies and wondering when the tomato plants will be ready. The next temps barely make it to a...

The Spring March of Flowers

By: Lisa Briggs | April 19th, 2019 About this time of year, each morning before I get into the car to drive to work, I walk through my front garden in to discover what has popped up during the night. Let’s see. Yesterday there were 10 Hosta spearing through the newly...

Mid Spring Seed Starting

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. For instance, the Garden Center stocks 50 varieties of tomato seedlings. If you look at seeds though, you can choose from 134 cherries, currants,...

Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have room for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And...

Memories of Springs Past

Imagine an old-fashioned garden. Maybe you can feel the warm spring breezes on your face. As you settle into the fantasy, is there a fragrance that comes to mind? I’d bet that you’re breathing in the memory of a lilac in full bloom. The scent can be intoxicating and...
The Perfumed Garden

The Perfumed Garden

The sense of smell is amazingly underrated. An aroma can bring pleasure or alert you to danger. You can sniff out the truth. My absolute favorite is that scent created by a summer rainstorm drenching the pavement and soil on a warm day. There’s even a word for it – petrichor.

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Late to Emerge Perennials

Late to Emerge Perennials

When the weather finally breaks, and plants begin to emerge from dormancy, it’s understandable that we are eager to greet every new shoot and admire every swelling bud. But, we can also be quick to pass judgment on the viability of our plants. Sometimes, too quick.

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Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

Early May Spring Gardening Tips!

The roller coaster temperatures have had gardeners vacillating between the urge to get tomatoes in the ground and the scramble to dig up floating row covers from the back of the garage.

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The Impermanence of Spring

The Impermanence of Spring

It seems miraculous that we didn’t wake up on Sunday morning to find all of those tender shoots and blossoms completely frozen. The experience proved to me that some of the most delicate looking plants in the garden can be the most tenacious. These are our precious spring ephemerals.

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Late April Spring Gardening Tips

Late April Spring Gardening Tips

No matter how long the winter actually is, it always takes forever to end and now that it seems spring has finally sprung, gardeners will be making their lists and checking them twice. Since the outdoor chores that must be done conflict with more pleasurable activities, it may be hard to know where to start.

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The ABC’s of Lawn Care

The ABC’s of Lawn Care

It is a huge morale booster when our lawns magically green up overnight. And once this happens, there are a few things we can do. First, assess your lawn. Start by looking for bare patches and then make a plan to deal with them.

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The Spring March of Flowers

The Spring March of Flowers

The weather can be fickle this time of year, but I can stand it knowing that the merry month of May is not far away. And I often measure the march of spring by the sequence of flowering shrubs.

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Mid Spring Seed Starting

Mid Spring Seed Starting

There are good reasons to grow vegetables from seed. There are so many more choices when you’re buying seeds. For instance, the Garden Center stocks 50 varieties of tomato seedlings. If you look at seeds though, you can choose from 134 cherries, currants, slicers and pastes.

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Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Shrubs We’re Dreaming About

Are you thinking that your yard doesn’t have room for another plant? Something about the promise of Spring makes us think that we can, and will, find room to plant absolutely everything. After all, there are worse things to collect than new plants. And gardens have always provided very fertile ground for dreaming.

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Memories of Springs Past

Memories of Springs Past

Imagine an old-fashioned garden. Maybe you can feel the warm spring breezes on your face. As you settle into the fantasy, is there a fragrance that comes to mind? I’d bet that you’re breathing in the memory of a lilac in full bloom.

read more

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