Category Archives: Soil

Summer Transplanting

Print PDFMaking Smooth Summer Moves I’ve recently been asked to advise on the moving of a long established garden. My first response was to wait until autumn, but sadly, that isn’t possible. Generally speaking, summer transplanting of mature woody plants … Continue reading

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Amazing Annuals

Petunias have come a long, long way since the days when they came in red, pink, or muted purple. I’m crazy about velvety Black Magic petunias, especially partnered with Surfinia Heartbeat, whose gentle white petals are each marked with a baby-ribbon-pink heart (seriously). The Crazytunias have boldly striped or parti-colored petals in vividly contrasting colors, like a floral mardi gras constume, while the Glow series do indeed have a gentle glow about their more muted shades. If you like things on the hotter side, the Hells Bells gals are brazen blazers in a sizzling range of fiery tints.
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Rocking A Party

Print PDFCelebrating The Small I recently attended a delightful party for a friend who was celebrating both her birthday and retirement from the workforce. For gifts, she requested that each person bring a special rock that she might incorporate into … Continue reading

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Bluest Of The Blues

So far, anyway, deer have ignored my delphiniums, along with the foxgloves, the sea hollies, the globe thistles, the agastaches, the penstemons and the cone flowers (Echinacea). Perhaps best of all, these new hybrids can stand up for themselves, so no unsightly cages or stakes are needed. In borders on flat ground, such props can usually be more or less hidden but in mounded or sloping beds, they are all too visible, even when the metals is carefully wound about with willow switches or raffia. The old delphiniums had strong stems but tended to blow over, and when they were staked, they’d snap right at the top of the stakes or cages. Happily, these new ones are cage-free and take windy days in stride. Continue reading

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