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 »

Puff Pastry Pesto Pizza

August 27, 2014
IMG_7681OH, BABY. I hope you're hungry, because I've just pulled this sexy, seasonal "pizza" from the oven. The (store-bought) puff pastry crust is layered with fragrant pesto, rounds of red tomato, black olives and Parmesan cheese. It's chic enough for formal dining. It's screamingly-delicious. And it's really easy to make! Read more »

Flower-Arranging: Lilies and Roses

August 11, 2014
IMG_6795IF YOU VISIT ME JUST NOW, you'll find an invigorating flower arrangement on the small table near my staircase. Anne Schomaker, a dear friend who is also a floral-designer, made this scented still-life by combining greens from her garden with choice stems from the florist. You can design a similar arrangement for your own home: Read more »

Garden Walk, August 2014

August 7, 2014
IMG_6399TODAY, because I realize that most of you won't be able to attend my next (and final!) "Open Day" of 2014, I've put together a virtual garden tour for you. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade (or much nicer, Limoncello on the rocks), and join me outside, okay? Read more »

Your July 2014 Tomato Report…& Mine

July 14, 2014
IMG_5155HOW ARE YOUR TOMATO PLANTS PROGRESSING? Are they producing the fruit of your dreams -- or are they fighting the effects of foul weather? My tomato report, followed (I hope) by yours: Read more »

My July House & Garden Chores

July 2, 2014
IMG_0671TRUE CONFESSION: I wish we could spend the month of July sipping cocktails by the pool. But alas, the garden beckons. There are weeds to pull, Japanese and Lily Leaf beetles to battle, veggies to preserve, and…well, just have a look at this list of essential chores: Read more »