Garden Rant

Saving Seeds for Biodiversity by Thomas Christopher

Saving Seeds for Biodiversity by Thomas Christopher

It’s called the ‘Mostoller Wild Goose’ bean. Sarah Mostoller found the first seeds in the crop of a wild goose that her son had shot in a mill race in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, in 1865. Sarah

Obama with Flowers by Susan Harris

I’d seen the new Obama portraits all over the media, so yesterday I subwayed down to the National Portrait Gallery to see them in person. The president’s portrait, on the second floor in the

A minor rant and a big rave by Elizabeth Licata

Flowers have left the building, as far as the Olympics are concerned. In Rio (2016), medalists were given little sculptures made of resin, polyresin, and PVC, because flowers were “not sustainable.”
The Power of the Sun: Truth or Consequences by Allen Bush

The Power of the Sun: Truth or Consequences by Allen Bush

I retired from Jelitto Perennial Seeds last month, and it’s been cold and gray in Kentucky ever since. I’m itching for spring. I have to be picky about my newfound spare time. I’m poring over seed and
What Happens when a Rain Garden isn’t Weeded by Susan Harris

What Happens when a Rain Garden isn’t Weeded by Susan Harris

I love this rain garden in my neighborhood, on land owned by my co-op, even as it’s changed over the years. There once were many more types of plants here, though without a plant list I can’t name
Hanauma Bay to Petropolis by Allen Bush

Hanauma Bay to Petropolis by Allen Bush

Sorry to be late with winter coping tips, but I’ve got two ideas that might be worth mentioning. If you’re at your wit’s end of winter, try to find a sunny and warm place to snorkel (preferably in the
Planting natives along the gorge by Elizabeth Licata

Planting natives along the gorge by Elizabeth Licata

Niagara Falls is cool, but it’s a cheap thrill compared with the equally spectacular six-mile gorge that its river has created. You can spend a whole day walking along the gorge, which is up to 200
Pining for Conifers in Winter by Susan Harris

Pining for Conifers in Winter by Susan Harris

My townhouse garden doesn’t yield much in the way of evergreen trimmings for the holidays. So to cover these pots that hold coleus all season I snatched some juniper clippings from a nearby garden I
There may be an app for that, but I’m not sure I care by Elizabeth Licata

There may be an app for that, but I’m not sure I care by Elizabeth Licata

Mid-winter is generally a time for trend predicting, seed talk, and other speculative matter in the gardening press. Much of the country is still huddled around the fire, so there’s not much call for
The SAD Pursuit of Inner Happiness by Bob Hill

The SAD Pursuit of Inner Happiness by Bob Hill

Current politics notwithstanding, I again deal in late winter with a mild case of SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – that sluggish, depressed feeling that winter has already lasted 15 months, why
From Mt. Cuba – Best Natives you can Actually Buy by Susan Harris

From Mt. Cuba – Best Natives you can Actually Buy by Susan Harris

Typically, growers in the hort industry fund plant trials (like the ones at Penn State I visited last year) to find out from actual research which plants they should put into production and then
Taropy by Allen Bush

Taropy by Allen Bush

Two weeks ago I stood in the checkout line at Louisville’s Whole Foods. Sleet, freezing rain and snow were predicted for the next day. (I knew ahead of time that I would have to pay a price for
Hygge and houseplants by Elizabeth Licata

Hygge and houseplants by Elizabeth Licata

On a whim, I googled the two words, and, as expected, houseplants are included in the lifestyle instructions issued by the hygge movement. I wouldn’t be insulting readers by assuming they don’t know

Possible Trump Bump for HGTV by Susan Harris

A Twitter-following friend alerted me to the hashtag “WatchHGTVinstead” started by a David Hoffman. The purpose is to deny Trump high ratings for his State of the Union performance in the most
Year of the Bird by Elizabeth Licata

Year of the Bird by Elizabeth Licata

Hell, yeah. As a rule, I’m not really a fan of designated days, weeks, and months. According to incoming press releases, every month seems to be devoted to some kind of disease, which is kind of
Climate Change Gardening by Thomas Christopher

Climate Change Gardening by Thomas Christopher

One of the virtues of gardening is that it brings its practitioners into intimate contact with natural systems. As I discovered as a young gardener many years ago, and a practitioner of the “better
Best Gardening Event of Winter? MANTS! by Susan Harris

Best Gardening Event of Winter? MANTS! by Susan Harris

Yesterday I made my yearly pilgrimage to Baltimore to attend MANTS. the largest nursery trade show in the East – by far. This year there were 900+ vendors in 1,200 booths, and over 10,000
The Little Greenhouse That Could by Allen Bush

The Little Greenhouse That Could by Allen Bush

My first greenhouse was neither big nor fancy. Built in 1980, the 14’ X 32’ hoop house—small by commercial greenhouse standards—became my plant propagation house for the next 15 years. I spent a lot
Niagara Falls is not frozen by Elizabeth Licata

Niagara Falls is not frozen by Elizabeth Licata

And it wasn’t three years ago either, which was the last time this clickbait appeared on Facebook. But it is pretty damn cold, and frozen mist has formed a crust of ice over some parts of the
Criminal Charges for Bamboo “Blight” in Yard by Susan Harris

Criminal Charges for Bamboo “Blight” in Yard by Susan Harris

From articles in the New York Times and the New London Day I learned that the City of New London, CT has declared overgrowth of bamboo in the yard of resident Carlos Carrion a blight. After failing to