It was so much fun collaborating once again with Andi Axman, John Hession, and the team at New Hampshire Home Magazine on their latest issue.Read More
If you have a shady location in your garden where the soil is rich and moist, why not use that space to make a dramatic architectural statement with one of the “foliage big boys.”Read More
Sometimes confused with the native Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium superbum), the Tiger Lily (Lilium lancifolium) wasn't introduced to America until the early 19th-century.Read More
I don’t think crocuses or snowdrops would be nearly as beautiful if they were planted in a neatly prepared bed. It is their juxtaposition with the dead and decaying matter of last season that gives them their real power as the harbingers of Spring.Read More
Sooner or later, every gardener enters into a bad relationship with a plant. I have my own lists of those that I never seemed to hit it off with. Some of the plants on those lists, I don’t care if I ever see again, others I still pine for, and then there are a few where we're still trying to work things out.Read More
I find the earliest days of Spring to be a real in-between time for gardeners in New England. There is a certain promise in the air when the warmer days of April begin to shrink the deep snow pack that’s been a constant companion for the past several months. However, along with the warmer days and melting snow comes mud season and frost heaving ground. I have been waiting for what seems like forever to get my hands in the soil. I have gone through all the seed catalogs and finished drawing up plans and making lists of all the things I want to accomplish in the garden this year. I’m ready to get going. Yet, neither the fickle New England weather or the still half-frozen ground under my boots will allow me the kind of satisfaction I crave. So, to take the edge off my intensifying appetite for things earthy and botanical, I will often make an early spring trek to Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. It’s true, they don’t allow me to dig in the dirt there. But I will at least get to cruise the orangerie and limonaia and perhaps sidle up to an oversized tropical plant, or make the acquaintance of an interesting flower or two that I have never met before. All of which is great therapy for any deprived green thumb. For a sample of what I stumbled across on my visit to Tower Hill last week, take a look at the small gallery of photos by clicking here.
I lack the persistence and dedication it takes to be a true plant collector. However, if my maniacal enthusiasm for gardening exhibited itself in a slightly more monomaniacal way, and I had to pick one perennial to amass, I’m sure it would be the hellebore.Read More
Whatever you choose to call the plant, Acidanthera is striking in both flower and foliage. And, it smells great!Read More
It’s the simple things that can get you through a long New England winter. And, at this time of year, when I think I won’t be able to take one more day of being shut inside, there’s a Lemon Cypress topiary to remind me that it’s time to point the car in a northeast direction in search of the aroma of fresh earth.Read More
The emerging blue-grey leaf in the center of this Agave parryi ssp. truncata is just about ready to unfurl but, even in its immaturity, is still not to be messed with. Interested in Agaves? Then, check out Tovah Martin’s article on New Jersey gardener, Andrea Filippone’s collection with photography by Kindra Clineff. You’ll find it in the Early Spring edition of Garden Design Magazine which was just released.
It’s officially only 25 days until spring but in New Hampshire and Vermont it can take a little longer before it really seems like it has arrived. It’s usually around the end of April or the first part of May before the Daffodils are in flower. I captured the above image of Narcissus and Epimediums in Gordon and Mary Hayward’s garden in Westminster West, Vermont on May 8th.
In the plant world, Daffodils are considered to be one of the harbingers of Spring. They are easy to plant (usually one of our last gardening chores to be completed in the fall here at Juniper Hill) and there are many different types to choose from. I forget about the fancy, expensive bulb planters and simply use a shovel to turn over the soil just enough to add a handful of bulbs. Repeating that process over an area gives me a more naturalized look. Here’s a great little photo gallery from the RHS that helps identify the different divisions of Daffodils...
Thalictrum is a genus that’s comprised of 120-200 different species with 22 of the species being found in North America.Read More