Isn’t Mother Nature The Best??



Groundcover to Walk Upon

Just in case you were trying to remember what that little, pretty plant is that doesn’t mind getting stepped upon…Baby’s Tears. Awww. It’s botanical name is Soleirolia soleirolii and it loves outdoors in the Southern states. Indoors, it is a well behaved baby, too. Loves terrariums (and, so do I.) Loves windowsills. Loves shade. Just give it some moisture….

The Tool I Used The Most Today

Any cut is a good cut…though, the Fall is not the best time to prune since you want your plants to begin hardening-off. Though I am in zone 8b and our frost is still quite down the road a bit. I gave myself blisters today by not wearing my gloves dome heading hedges of Ligustrum or privet (and, oh what happiness it gives me, anyway, see them shape so nicely). The job is done and I created the negative space below that I was seeking while simultaneously giving new height perspective to an old and rather hapless hedge. Now I will spend the evening dreaming of the Hellebore foetidus “Miss Jekyll” that I want to plant below.

To Hell With Leaf Blowers Redux!

The Earth’s leaves are an exceedingly vital part of our ecosystem. A carpet of fallen leaves, and it’s decompostion, creates the essential nitrogen Earth needs to survive and function properly. And, nitrogen can spend its life in 3 ways: release as a greenhouse gas into the Earth’s atmosphere; dissolve into the water systems as the form nitrate or be fed to plants. By leaving the leaf right where it falls, you can aid in the process of feeding the soil underneath it. Allowing your leaves to decompose on your landscape is good for the landscape. And, if you must rake them, feeding them into your compost heap is a fantastic way to provide the brown layer that is necessary for your pile’s good health. (Brown layers are leaves and yard trimmings – Green layers generally come from your kitchen….even coffee grounds are Green) So, let’s all hold hands and get rid of the leaf blowers. Gasoline doesn’t belong in Nature. Come on! You want the exercise, anyway. And, speaking of Brown, these photographs are by the Nature/Garden Photographer Kenneth Brown. He lives in Vermont and these pretty selects are from his book called The Soul Of Vermont.

Fall Equinox and the Garden

Good Morning, Fall. It’s magical how the weather can just tack directions and become an entirely different course seemingly overnight. And, that’s just what happened in my neck of the woods. Nature is the best part about living our existential lives and Nature designs the best gardens. This photograph, by Russell Kaye, for Saveur magazine woos me into that Fall mood. And, Fall is an incredibly busy time in the Garden. There are pumpkins to plant and plots to till and feed and position the collard greens. It is also the time to transplant the roses, order the bulbs, prune some overgrowth, find the rake (or not), build the potting shed and make plans for a small greenhouse somewhere.

This photograph is of Chaddsford Winery in Pennsylvania. Of all the states in the union for a Fall montage, Pennsylvania is one of the best I have experienced. A friend of mine has a farmhouse there and it looks much like this one, too. Except that Marion, my friend, has an apple orchard planted in an allee running where most have a sidewalk to the front door. It just couldn’t be any sweeter. Especially in the Fall when the apples are ripe. I have asked her to photograph her allee for me this Fall so I can post it here for you.

(and, if you have visited my website, then you might see that I had the privilege of working with the Saveur folks and they are super cool.)