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December garden inspiration

Posted by on November 30, 2014

Gardening with Confidence night lighting

First appeared in Fine Gardening. When I decided on a winter walk, it was at the point in the evening when dinner was done and sleep was still a ways away.  I topdressed with a goofy hat, gloves, and scarf for a journey down the garden path. The evening was amazingly quiet. Of course, I […]


Plants With Benefits: Growing Papaya

Posted by on October 29, 2014

Papaya tree in Som Dewey Siharath's garden

I had the good fortune to met a young man on Facebook, who doesn’t live far from me. His name is Som Dewey Siharath. Dewey has created a beautiful edible garden with many plants from his native country of Laos. Dewey grows loofa, neem, yardlong beans, horseradish, persimmon, plus many other edibles, but more about […]


Caladiums, an absolute favorite!

Posted by on October 29, 2014

'Rosemary' caladium, Classic Caladiums

Last spring, I had the good fortune to be sent a whole lotta caladium bulbs to trial from Classic Caladiums. Admittedly, I don’t typically plant annuals or bulbs that are treated as annuals. (Well, that’s not completely true; I’m a sucker for parrot tulips, but still…) A couple of years back, I was scouting a garden […]


Day 14 Patrick Dougherty at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC

Posted by on October 23, 2014

Day 14, October 22, 2014. Patrick said he fought they would be finished on Friday, October 24th.

          On Day 14, Patrick Dougherty’s stickwork has taken on his signature organic form. Still unnamed, many of us are trying to offer up some suggestions. If you have an idea of what to name this stickwork, please leave your suggestion in the  comment section of this post. The way I’m […]