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Fall has fallen, despite gardeners’ wishes

September 23, 2014

Fall has fallen upon us. Today, Tuesday, Sept. 23, is the first official day of autumn, which means, more or less, that we now have more hours of darkness than we have of light. (My husband tells me that the beginning of autumn is calculated differently, astronomically, but let’s not complicate things.) I hate fall. […]

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Life or death decisions in August

It’s late summer, and time for the garden to wind down. But this summer’s child isn’t ready to quit just yet, thank you very much. We had a miserable winter and cold spring, and my garden – and I – are running way behind schedule. I’ve been practicing garden triage so far this year, cutting […]

New plants for those bare spots

There are a lot of bare spots in my garden this spring. I’m still hoping, but pretty soon I’m going to have to face facts and cut those dead plants down. (Sniff.) My hydrangeas and roses seem to have taken a big hit. Also my clematis and ornamental grasses, which all grew in containers. So […]

Going wild(flower) in the garden

I’ve just finished reading Miriam Goldberger’s book Taming Wildflowers, and I’m ready to rip out everything I’ve planted in my sunny front garden – she’s that good at making the case for wildflowers (Miriam runs Wildflower Farm in Coldwater, ON). She can rattle off their benefits at the drop of a petal: easy care, pest-resistance, […]


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