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 »

Your June Veggie Garden Report…and Mine

June 19, 2014
IMG_4118HOW'S YOUR VEGGIE PATCH PROGRESSING? Any problems to report? My own Kitchen Garden, above, is still waiting for some consistently warm temperatures to arrive. Still, the lovage is blooming, the tomatoes are climbing, and a couple of greens worms are going about their wicked ways. My "farm-report," followed, I hope, by yours: Read more »

My Herb Garden in Mid-May, 2014

May 21, 2014
IMG_1904YESTERDAY, 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 »

A Water-Wise Way to Plant Potatoes

May 17, 2014
IMG_0755wbTHERE ARE PROBABLY AS MANY WAYS to plant potatoes as there are gardeners. I plant mine in shallow holes in a raised bed. And then I set a wooden frame over the bed, and gradually fill it with chopped straw. This nifty method is not only water-wise, but it permits the easy "hilling" and harvesting of tubers. Read more »