Where To Put the Clematis?

Where To Put the Clematis?

As you have probably noticed, I work with Proven Winners to test out their plants and then help you (through this website) learn more about them.  Every spring this means that boxes of new plants arrive for me to plant in my garden, experiment with, generally get inspired by and ultimately write about. This year…

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies  (for USA and Canada)

Really Great Heirloom Seed Companies (for USA and Canada)

by Dave Ledoux Most gardeners just buy their seeds willy-nilly at the big box stores. But you and I are different, aren’t we? I want to let you in on a little secret … the world is filled with incredibly unique plants and vegetables. Most gardeners will never know about them. They’re called heirlooms. Imagine taking…

Color-Matching The House to The Garden

Color-Matching The House to The Garden

Cute summer towns are a haven for houses with adorable little gardens.  They are always tidy and like a properly dressed lady (whose handbag always coordinates with her shoes), the plants often coordinate with the house. I’m not exactly this type of gardener (or dresser for that matter) – I tend to either a) be too frazzled…

How To Pick Strawberries

How To Pick Strawberries

When you have picked as many vats of strawberries as we have (this year is just unbelievable!) you find there are a few things that just keep coming out of your mouth again and again each time a new picker comes into the garden….I’ve even heard my kids repeating these simple directives to their friends….

Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

I’ve turned into a weird hoarder when it comes to Chartreuse plants.  They have always been a favorite of mine and it only takes a few to make a really big impact so I find myself taking extra efforts to place those that I have in just the right spot. I find that I think…

Strawberry Tower Planting 2015

Strawberry Tower Planting 2015

I am in the final stages of getting another issue of PITH + VIGOR out the door (it is in the process of being stuffed into boxes and envelopes right now!) and now that I feel like I can, I’ve been taking frequent gardening breaks.  It feels really good to slow down a little bit….

Scented Containers

Scented Containers

My mother’s day gift to myself gets delivered tomorrow.  Well, maybe I should say installed.  It’s a water spigot on the side of the house where my patio is and I am super excited to see the plumber come and make this little dream a reality – I’ve been wanting this for years. Hoses are…

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

Flowers on Cakes – A Trend Report and a Creative Challenge

When I arrived home from Florida yesterday (I was there speaking at Epcot’s International Garden Festival) I noted a few daffodils in bloom along the ride home from the airport, but none (yet) in my own garden. Then this morning….I peeked outside to see a couple of yellow dots had suddenly appeared overnight in an…

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

Arbor Day Special : How to Place and Plant Trees

For many states, Arbor day is the last Friday of April, but there are plenty of places where the annual tree planting day has either passed already or is right now (Southern States, California, and New Mexico). So in preparation for National Plant a Tree Day, I thought I would share a few thoughts about…

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

Growing Barberries for Yotam Ottolenghi Recipes

If you are anything like me, food and home cooking featured strongly in your activities last weekend (it was a holiday weekend after all).  Lately, all of Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbooks (Ottolenghi, Plenty, Plenty More, and Jerusalem) are in heavy rotation in my kitchen.  Saturday night I made the Lemony Leek Meatballs accompanied by the Latkes (which interestingly…

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