My Herb Garden, or How to Decorate Rich (Even When You’re Not)

In my world, a garden begins with a vision.  A totally awesome vision which, by hook or by crook, can be realized on a less-than awesome budget. Wanna decorate rich even when you're not? Consider my little Herb Garden: Read more »

Boxwood: An Extreme Makeover!

Hallelujah -- my boxwood received its annual haircut yesterday. To accomplish this job, I rented a gas-powered hedge-trimmer from the local hardware store. I also rented a professional boxwood-barber, who groomed more than 300 shrubs in just four hours. Wanna see the before-and-after pictures? Here we go: Read more »

How I Propagate Boxwood

I adore boxwood. It's elegant, evergreen, and -- when established -- drought-tolerant. Of course, it's also hideously expensive! But you can have a formal Buxus hedge without breaking the bank. Here's how: Read more »

My Herb Garden in Mid-May, 2014

YESTERDAY, in between writing and cooking assignments, I spent some time working in the Herb Garden, with Lily the Beagle at my side. Would you like to visit us in this tiny but productive potager? Read more »

Spring Dreams

ARE YOU A DAY-DREAMER? Me too. And right now, my thoughts -- like yours -- are drifting toward the things I'll do and see when this horrific winter finally melts into spring: Read more »

A September Walk in the Garden

TODAY, because the sun is shining, because the air is crisp and calm, and because it's the first official day of autumn, I think a little tour of the garden is in order. Mind taking a walk with me? Read more »

Window Garden, September 2013

HALLELUJAH -- my too-many houseplants came indoors last Friday, in advance of a sudden (and welcome!) cold-front. Would you like to see these autumn beauties up close and personal? Join me on this window garden tour: Read more »