Your 2015 Winter-Sowing Project

January 28, 2015
036How's your winter-sowing coming along? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the half dozen miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with links to articles that explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

January 24, 2015
029My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

November 30, 2014
IMG_2027One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »

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 »