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 »

Cranberry Crackle Tart

October 7, 2014
IMG_9296I love the components of this unusual French tart. I love the cloud of sweet meringue that caresses my lips. I love the ruby cranberries that burst beneath my teeth. I love the tender crunch of the pastry base. Ready for a new taste-sensation? Let's make this Cranberry Crackle Tart! 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 »

La Tarte Tatin

October 1, 2014
IMG_8841Arrange apple slices on a bed of caramel, top them with pastry crust, unmold so the crust is on the bottom, and what do you get? La Tarte Tatin. The history of this divine decadence, along with my step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Memory Lane

September 28, 2014
IMG_0710It's a curious thing. When we first design and plant our gardens, we suspect our efforts will never amount to anything. But patience is a virtue, my friends. As proof, walk with me down Memory Lane. You'll see a few of my gardens in their ugly duckling years -- and what they've grown into today: 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 »