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Pat’s Clethera alnifolia.

Between the Rows: fragrant flowers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Earlier this week, I was watering plants in my new Greenfield garden and noticed a wonderful fragrance. My Clethera alnifolia is blooming, with upright pink panicles that perfume the air with a spicy fragrance. This shrub will possibly reach a height of 6 feet and is known by the common names of summersweet and sweet pepperbush. Butterflies love it. As I have said before, the greater area of my new garden demands plants that are tolerant of wet. Fortunately, this does not mean I have had to give up fragrance. Clethera alnifolia is a beautiful shrub that is tolerant of wet clay soil as well … 0

Between the Rows: Rules don't always rule

Friday, August 7, 2015

Everything changes. Our whole life is changing, but there are smaller changes in the world, like changes in cultivation rules, come to all gardeners with some regularity. We have been planting trees and shrubs in Greenfield and have followed new rules, and rubbed up against others unhappily. One old practice, if not a … 0

Between the Rows: New garden taking shape

Friday, July 31, 2015

“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade” Kipling said, and I must add that they are not made by looking at a plan, even one as beautiful as the custom design I am holding created by Home Outside. Gardens are made by thinking and digging, moving compost, planting and getting very … 0

Between the Rows: Growing friendships

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who wouldn’t want friends who like to play in the dirt? Who are always learning new things? Who like to get out and about and see new beautiful places? Who every day notice and appreciate the glorious world … 0

Bewteen the Rows: Bridge of Flowers marks 85th year

Friday, May 8, 2015

This year is the 85th anniversary of the Bridge of Flowers. There have been many changes since the trolley was discontinued and Antoinette Burnham declared that if an abandoned bridge could grow weeds it could grow flowers. It … 0

Between the Rows: A cutting garden, perennials

Friday, April 24, 2015

A cutting garden needs annuals to give you a particular blossom for your bouquets all season long, but it also needs perennials to give you blossoms in their season — and more new plants next year. In my … 0

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white … 1

Between the Rows: Cutting Garden — annuals

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have always dreamed about having a cutting garden that would enable me to give out endless bouquets to all my friends. One good thing about a cutting garden is that it is not designed to look beautiful … 0

Between the Rows: Epic tomatoes

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tomatoes are the most popular fruit in the world. First grown by the Aztecs and Incas around 700 AD, they spread to Europe in the late 16th century and are now grown all around the world. There aren’t … 0

Between the Rows: trees

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees are an important part of our domestic landscape, giving it substance as well as beauty. Planting a tree requires more thought than planting a perennial or pots of annuals. A tree cannot be moved at will. No … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Between the Rows: herb books

Friday, March 20, 2015

Some people like herb gardens because they are so practical, others like the romance of herbs. All new herb gardeners will find that they are about the easiest gardens to tend. Herbs are not fussy plants. Lisa Baker … 0

Between the Rows: Roses without chemicals

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of the things I love about our Annual Rose Viewing is the chance to tell visitors that you do not need an arsenal of chemicals to grow healthy, beautiful roses. I did not always know this. My … 0