December 15, 2022
Recently I happened upon this article from the New York Times. “They Fought the Law. And the Lawn Lost” describes a Maryland couple’s fight against their homeowners’ association over their pollinator garden. Guess what happened?
November 8, 2022
People are more likely to appreciate native plantings if they recognize that they’re intentional. For this reason, experts recommend presenting unfamiliar plantings with familiar elements, called “cues to care.”
October 18, 2022
Everybody loves the idea of a secret garden, but I’m not exactly sure what one is. What makes a garden secret? How is that different from private? My husband says ours is almost a secret garden because it’s in back and passers-by don’t realize we have such a profusion of flowers and wildlife back here. That’s about to change, though.
September 14, 2022
Fall planting season is underway, and I’ve ordered a passel of plants to pick up at Saturday’s Missouri Prairie Foundation plant sale–but I can barely bring myself to think about them, I’m so tired. I have seasonal allergies. Maybe you do, too?
August 15, 2022
Our travels took us north, to cooler weather, and gave us the opportunity to visit UW – Madison’s Allen Centennial Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Vail’s Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
June 30, 2022
In a week filled with big stories, today’s news from my garden is about free plants and pests—kind of a theme, come to think of it.
June 17, 2022
A post about protecting a grapevine from Japanese beetles and other dangers, plus some history of Missouri’s wine-growing industry.
May 21, 2022
To achieve rhythm and repetition, a garden requires many plants. Many plants require lots of money–unless they don’t.
April 18, 2022
The lowdown on mosquito sprays and suggested alternatives, because nobody likes mosquitos. (But sorry, bad news for fans of the
Spartan Mosquito Eradicator.)
I don’t blame anyone for disliking mosquitos, but I wonder if my neighbors understand the objections to these sprays. They don’t just kill mosquitos, they kill all insects, including butterflies and bees. And while we may not think of that as a problem, it is one.
A miscellaneous post about various excitements: spring cleanup, seed starting, and an upcoming conference about environmental writing, Epicenter 2022
April 4, 2022
Strategies for keeping these pests out of the garden generally fall into two categories: repellants and barriers.
Landscape designer McKenzie Adkins talks about creating a micro-prairie in a suburban yard
This is February? Brilliant sunshine, blue sky, sixty degrees? The gardener in you may be awakening, but don’t start digging yet. Instead, keep dreaming.
Some Kansas City tree history and a formula for estimating a tree’s age
Dutch elm disease arrived in Kansas City in 1957 and wiped out the majority of the shade canopy within ten years. Most trees in our present-day landscape were planted after that time–but were any here before that? How can we tell?
This fall, one thing I will not be doing is raking and bagging
The title of this week’s post comes from Roy Diblik’s YouTube video Garden Design. His work has given me so many great ideas. This fall, one thing I will not be doing is raking and bagging. Leave the leaves!