Mid-summer shift

The gardens are going through a bittersweet transition from June’s hurrah to a mid-summer huzzah, and although we sometimes experience a “July gap,” the shift seems pretty seamless this year. Delicate oxeye daisies gave way almost overnight to beefy Shastas, echinaceas, and rudbeckias. Sturdy summer phlox are taking over, as we speak, for the elegance […]

A sow-called spring

I haven’t spotted any crocus, snowdrops or early daffs blooming yet, and I know the calendar says spring is still a whole month away, but in the greenhouse the growing season officially kicked off yesterday. We call spring as soon as the garden volunteers start coming back to work and when we sow sweet peas. […]

Top 13 for 2013 (part two)

Starting right up where I left off last week (and in hopes that pictures of sunny summer flowers might ease the bone-chill of a polar vortex), here are the next seven in my baker’s dozen of favorites. Again, roughly in order of bloom time, starting in July with… 7. Phlox paniculata ‘Sherbet Blend’. I don’t […]

Top 13 for 2013 (part one)

Thirteen has always been one of my favorite numbers (a baker’s dozen might be why) so it’s a treat for me, and I hope for you, to bracket the New Year with an extra long list of my very favorite plants from this past year. Some new, some tried and true. To keep these posts […]

Making arrangements

I don’t think I have been nearly noisy enough about the cutting garden this year. It is so knock-your-socks-off bloomerific. I’m also not sure I’ve mentioned just how fun it is to pick flowers from it every week and to see the fabulously artful arrangements our volunteer arrangers design with the pickings. Even if we […]