While attending a marriage seminar on communication, Tom and his wife Peg listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." He asked Tom, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?" Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "Pillsbury All-Purpose, isn't it?" The rest of the story is not pleasant. —Author unknown

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A gorgeous and tiny red maple to grow in a pot

You have to wait for it, just like regular tall maple trees, but the brilliant red of Acer palmatum ‘Sharp’s Pygmy’ is almost more startling than its larger cousins.

All season long, this dwarf Japanese maple with cute green leaves grows without problem in its pot. I rarely water it; rainfall this year has been plenty.

But then—POW!—this is [...]

The marathon of garden season is almost over

The marathon of the garden season is almost over.

It's NOT too late to plant spring bulbs

The ideal time to plant spring-blooming bulbs is about 6 weeks before the ground freezes, or any time the soil temperature goes down to 55 degrees.

It’s October 10 and it snowed today

Could be a looooong winter. We picked up about a quarter to half inch of snow this morning, and it’s only October 10.

Still, there’s still plenty of time to plant bulbs as long as the ground hasn’t frozen. Watch for info in an upcoming blog.

Here’s what I found in the back yard when I went [...]

Angel's trumpets sound the last call

Autumn always makes me a little sad, but the day I move the brugmansias inside is especially hard.

Eight fun things I saw at GWA

It’s hard to impart, to the uninitiated, the wonders of the annual Garden Writers Association symposium.

After my latest excursion a couple of weeks ago in Raleigh, NC, (my 11th!) I lugged home at least 12 plants (including two hellebores purchased at Plant Delights Nursery), about 25 pounds of books and horticultural literature, dozens of packets [...]

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