It's Time For Delphiniums

It's Time For Delphiniums

If there was one perennial that personified a cottage garden, I think it would have to be the Delphinium.  They are the epitome of what I think of when I picture a Victorian border or even just a simple country garden.  Their tall stature often anchors the back of a bed and provides the height that is so critical in keeping the eye moving through a perennial landscape design.  When I moved to the northwest 30 plus years ago, I couldn’t wait to grow these beauties…

Spring Is Awesome

Spring Is Awesome

I know it is probably raining in your garden and will be for at least another week, but I have to tell you that the last two weeks (particularly the weekends) were just amazing!  I would sincerely hope that you all share my feelings.  It just blows me away that even at the crusty old age of 70 I am still overwhelmed by the magic of spring.  Perhaps it is just my inner child coming through, but there is not one day in the spring when I walk through my garden that I don’t find something that literally leaves me awestruck.  Spring is truly awesome…

Time To Get The Cool Season Veggies Planted

Time To Get The Cool Season Veggies Planted

I know it still doesn’t feel much like spring, but something magical happened this week - it actually got up to 50 degrees, and that is significant for two reasons.  First, for us it feels almost comfortable to be outside working in the garden and second, when the mercury gets to 50 degrees it triggers all sorts of awakenings in the plant world.  The switch gets turned on and there is no turning back.  Spring has sprung!

Time To Play Catch Up

Time To Play Catch Up

Are you feeling a sense of panic, like you just lost the last 30 days of gardening and are now so far behind that you will never catch up?  Not to worry.  Mother Nature is also behind schedule so we have the entire month of March to get back on track.  The days are getting longer, daylight saving time is here, and everything will be fine.  Here are some things to work on…

More On The Big Freeze

Last week I pontificated on the ramifications of the recent winter storm.  We discussed frozen roots on container plants, broken limbs on trees and shrubs, disfigured evergreens, and frozen buds.  In retrospect, that all sounds very depressing, but please don’t despair - I am pretty sure the worst is behind us.  Here are a few more, hopefully uplifting, thoughts on what to look for in assessing the extent of winter damage in your garden….

Be Thankful For Snow

If you are like me, you went to bed last Sunday night with a light dusting of snow on the ground and woke up to 8 to 10 inches covering virtually everything in the garden.  Now, somewhere underneath that white stuff, are my blooming hellebores, snow drops, and budded daffodils.  You might ask: “Is all lost?”  Hardly!  Mother Nature is a lot more resilient than that and while my perennials may be bent, they are most likely not broken.  In fact, they are probably snug as a bug in a rug and once everything thaws out they will pop right back up again.  As it turns out, snow is much more beneficial for the garden than it is detrimental.  Here are some things to consider…