I feel like I waited all winter for March. Now it’s here and all I want is for it to be April.
Wintry mix: first signs of spring
Welcome 2023! For so long winter has felt like it just wouldn’t budge. Then, all of a sudden, it budged. Birds are back. Finches are at the feeder. Yesterday I saw a dove. The first green spikes of daffodils have poked through some brown oak leaves. Today is dreary and cold, but the sky is […]
Saving pollinators, one yard at a time
Welcome to what will be my final post of 2022. Now that I’ve been at this a while, the pace of my revelations has slowed somewhat, but I’m still learning new things all the time. Sometimes I think might skip posting for a month, but then I happen upon something that interests me and I […]
Certifiable:Why you should get a sign for your garden
Here’s a headline from my internet feed: “How do I tell the new neighbors their lawn maintenance is unsuitable?” My neighbors could be saying this about me—or about the St. Peters, Missouri man fined $400 for violating his town’s turf-to flower-ratio, or about Dennis Moriarty, the Kansas City man cited for violating the weed ordinance. […]
Dig, till, smother: How to remove sod for a new bed
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. […]
Pollen count: ways to beat seasonal allergies
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? When it’s allergy season, thinking about anything else is tough. What causes allergies? […]
Road Trips: Visiting Three Great Gardens Open to the Public
I haven’t written much this summer, but I’ve been thinking about gardening the whole time. Our travels took us north, to cooler weather, and gave us the opportunity to visit some wonderful gardens that are open to the public. The first of these was the Allen Centennial Garden, a smallish “teaching” garden on the campus […]
Bright spots in a tough week
In a week filled with big stories, the news in my garden continues to be about free plants and discouraging pests—kind of a theme, come to think of it.
Missouri whine: meet the beetles
A post about protecting a grapevine from Japanese beetles and other dangers, plus some history of Missouri’s wine-growing industry
Late spring topics: peonies, rogue trees, and new plants
Achieving rhythm and repetition in a garden requires many plants.