“Trend” to your garden

By on Jan 2, 2020 in Garden Trends |

“Life is bristling with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to cultivate one’s garden.” -Voltaire So Voltaire, French enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his witty works of satire In Candide, intended for us, when all is said and done, to simply tend to our own garden first. Just maybe another famous writer, Oscar Wilde years later would have rephrased the famous remark to “trend to your own garden” understanding that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” With another new year comes the cultivation of prognostications of things gardening. And why not? It is the haven of countless others who came before us and found solace and meaning by tending a garden.  So as I was taught as a child in my ecclesiastical studies, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the...

Let me “trend” you a hand

By on Jan 15, 2013 in Garden Trends |

As I look forward to spring 2013 on a cold January day, I thought I would share with you some trends in the home landscape. Don’t feel very trendy? Let me “trend” you a hand and read the list, you may find you’re more “hip” than you think…….. High impact low care plants. Own root landscape roses,succulents, steppables and groundcovers, Hydrangeas that bloom on old and new wood, weather resistant performing annuals like Diamond Frost, Calibrachoa or Gomphrena. and perennials like the array of colors now available for Coneflower. Use of mycorrhizae and soil supplements or soil replenishment to make plants better “rooted and suited” to weather trends namely heat, drought and weather extremes. Outdoors as an escape and a living area…..and extension “room” of the home. Outdoor cooking and grilling, entertaining...

Gardening Season 2011

By on Jan 2, 2011 in Garden Trends |

The 2011 gardening season has official begun…..yes I know it’s January and I know the season starts slow…..but it’s a start right? Gardening is a perpetual resolve at the close of a gardening season to dream of next year….just like the Brooklyn Dodgers fan’s lament each year of “wait til next year”…………….Well “next year” is here and now. Never too early to do some dreaming. What will the coming “gardening year” bring to our community and our gardens? The median square footage of new homes is down around 9 to 10% from a few years ago in this new economy. Large porches, patios, decks, planting beds however have remained popular as “bonus rooms” that are affordable and add to a home’s desirable living space. An “extension” of the rooms inside the home. As many...