Yard Work: Leaf-Mulching the Rose Beds

November 14, 2014
IMG_0427"Leave the garden in autumn the way you wish to find it in spring" is one of those annoying old sayings that makes perfect sense. Alas, here in New York's Hudson Valley, we never know when the first snow will fall. And if the snow falls before the leaves do, well, we're totally screwed until spring. Here's what I've managed so far: Read more »

A Walk in the Late-Autumn Garden

October 28, 2014
IMG_0409In late-October, when the skies are clear, the sun is shining, and leaves are crunching underfoot, I enjoy taking leisurely walks. Would you like to see what I see when I wander the gardens here? Then you must join me on this sip-and-stroll tour: Read more »

Forcing Hardy Bulbs

October 13, 2014
IMG_7813Why do I bother to pot hardy "Dutch" bulbs in October? Well, because they introduce spring to my home when the outside world is covered in snow. They provide terrific decoration, too. A bowl of blue Muscari (above) makes a stunning centerpiece for a February dinner party. And finally, because bulb-forcing is fun, fun, fun! Read more »

Why I Save My Autumn Leaves

October 11, 2014
IMG_9303 - CopyThanks to the ancient maples, oaks, and other deciduous trees that live on my property, the lawn is now littered with a gazillion leaves. I don't bag and discard these castings of vermillion and gold. Instead, I turn them into the best soil amendment on earth: Leaf mold! Read more »

Woodchuck Woes

October 4, 2014
IMG_8984Who's been nibbling the parsley in my herb garden? Meet Woody the Woodchuck! How this critter entered the fenced-in plot, and the steps I'm taking to thwart his wicked ways: Read more »

How I Propagate Boxwood

September 27, 2014
IMG_9764I 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 September House & Garden Chores

September 2, 2014
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because one of us can sip a martini...while one of us goes to work! Read more »