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Home Again, Garden Growth and Enough About this Slow, Cold,

Broad Beans (four varieties) are in bloom and will soon form pods. This is one crop enjoys the cooler than normal temperatures this spring.Now that I ...
03-06-2017 21:52

Gushing about the Rare Annual Seedlings at the Bunker Farm,

Helen O-Donnell with her daughter (and another one on the way!) resting a bit after a busy day - her hand-raised rare and unusual annuals and perennia...
27-05-2017 21:49

Hearty Rock Gardeners Journey to a Wet and Wild Madison Wisc

Ed Glover,(center) a volunteer caretaker of the University of Wisconsin Allen Centennial Garden points out how  photogenic Joseph Tychonievich is...
23-05-2017 21:56

Trade Secrets Shines, Even in the Rain

New England\'s most desirable ticket in the spring is Trade Secrets, a two day event and fundraiser that attracts hundreds of people looking to find r...
17-05-2017 21:59

Learning How to Bee Better with Helen Yoest and Bee Better

Helen Yoest poses in her charming greenhouse. We spent a morning together when I visited Raleigh NC a few weeks ago.Three weeks ago while visiting the...
15-05-2017 21:58

Primula, Parties and Prizes - The 2017 National Primrose Sho

We hosted two nights of cocktail parties and dinners for the American Primrose Society as they held their national primrose show last weekend at Tower...
14-05-2017 22:00

It's Spring! Planting and Sowing, Planning and Growing

Sturdy Celtuce and beetroot seedlings ready for transplanting were started in the greenhouse and set into the cold frame for a couple of weeks to beco...
09-05-2017 21:56

Experiencing Appalachian Spring

Redbud trees along the Blue Ridge Mountains Blue Ridge Parkway seem to glow through the early, budding trees on my trip back from North Carolina two w...
03-05-2017 21:59

A Million Blooms Including Orchids at the Louis Ginter Botan

I had a chance to visit Richmond Virginia\'s award winning Louis Ginter Botanical Garden last week while traveling to speak at the J.C. Raulston Arbor...
25-04-2017 21:58

A Visit to Plant Delights Nursery

I\'ve been ordering from Tony Avent\'s Plant Delights Nursery since it\'s early years - dare I say perhaps since the mid 1990\'s when the catalog was ...
19-04-2017 21:53

Mastering The Art of Growing Onions

Why is it that native treats - those picked in the woods or found while one is foraging which are usually the most sought after by b both foodies and ...
10-04-2017 21:54

A Day in a Sugar Bush

It doesn\'t take many words to say "maple syrup", as this road sign posted by the Wells Family on their sugarbush which was still actively p...
06-04-2017 21:55

How to Grow and Force Perfect Belgian Endive

Step-by-step guide on how-to raise and force your own Belgian Endive from seed in your home garden.Since I have bit more time while being laid off for...
05-04-2017 21:49

The Philadelphia Flower Show - Part 2: Horticulture

Dendrobiums can be so impressive when allowed to grow to a large size, this Dendrobium delicatum (or perhaps Dendrobium x Delicatum) raised by talente...
27-03-2017 21:51

The Philadelphia Flower Show - Part 1: Design

A carpet of tulips set along a canal bridge bedecked with even more flowers welcomes attendees at the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show - a theme this yea...
16-03-2017 21:54

My New Chapter Begins

A photo from last summer, but with an entire summer off coming up due to leaving my job,  I can\'t wait to spend time with the garden, and the do...
09-03-2017 21:51

Cabin Fever Relief

One of the three Irish histrioides x winogradowii hybrids, Iris histrioides x  \'Finola\' is lovely with white falls that have blue streaks. You ...
24-02-2017 21:50

Winter Seed Starting Tips, Indoors and Out

The sheer number of bloggers and social media posts with clever advice on how to start your seeds indoors it can be difficult to find the proper metho...
07-02-2017 22:02

My Gardener's Monthly for January

In the greenhouse, the camellias are well budded, and nearly bursting with bloom.As I lose myself in a number of 19th century gardening books and maga...
31-01-2017 21:54

My Garden Projects for 2017

Each January I share a list of the garden projects I plan to undertake in the coming year. Here are about ten things I am looking at either collecting...
24-01-2017 21:50

Moving Forward

Seed catalogs provide hope during these dark days of winter.Hope arrives no matter what the weather, politics or even life tells us. As some of you ha...
20-01-2017 21:47

Nothing Beats a Greenhouse in January

A store-bought hyacinth repotted into one of my home-made clay pots, helps boost my spirits. My bulbs won\'t be ready to force for a few weeks so a ch...
09-01-2017 21:49

Making the Best of it, at Christmas

I could have cleaned the glass better on this cloche, but with the amount of stone dust around here. this gives you an idea of what I am dealing with....
25-12-2016 21:46

Have Yourself a Very Mandarin Christmas

Mandarin oranges are a seasonal treat around the Holiday season but have you ever wondered why"(I apologize if you had tried to read this post ea...
20-12-2016 21:44

Finding Peace Under Glass

I think I have only stepped out to see the greenhouse once in three weeks. I\'m discovering that in November and December, a little break from gardeni...
05-12-2016 21:50

Winter Conservatory Chrysanthemums

Vintage Japanese lanterns illuminate the greenhouse last Friday night as we celebrated the peak bloom of my exhibition and Japanese Chrysanthemum coll...
01-12-2016 21:50

How to Grow Winter Crops in an Elevated Cedar Planter Box

Before you say "Matt, I though that you weren\'t going to write any sponsored posts"",  just hold on. Yes, my legal department wou...
18-11-2016 21:49

Digging and Dividing Dahlias

This is dahlia digging and dividing season. If you\'ve ever wanted to know how to divide them like the experts, here is a rather long post on how some...
08-11-2016 21:48

Autumn Portraits in a Conservatory

Shaggy elegance or shabby chic" This exhibition mum which I\'ve been training all summer by pinching and removing side shoots to allow only a gia...
25-10-2016 21:54

Fun Fall Tasks, Terriers and a Couple of Triumphs

A very random bouquet of late fall blooming rarities from the garden. Tricyrtus hirta, Saxifrage fortunei, Allium thunbergeii, Cuphea viscosissima, &n...
20-10-2016 21:51

Recreating Seattle's Amazing Dahlia Wall To Close Out The Gr

We recreated the famous dahlia wall originally created at the Seattle Wholesale Flower Market - although we never intended it to look exactly like the...
16-10-2016 21:49

Training Japanese Chrysanthemum Cascades

Now that it is officially autumn, our thoughts often turn to chrysanthemums, but as you probably know already, my opinions on chrysanthemums is a bit ...
03-10-2016 21:51

The Living Historical Collections of Amy Goldman-Fowler

Last month Joe and I paid a visit to author and seed saving evangelist Amy Goldman Fowler\'s amazing home, farm and were able to tour her garden. Amy ...
02-10-2016 21:49

Fall Arrives On Schedule, Want it or Not

Here is a view you rarely see, peeking in through the back of the greenhouse looking forward toward the front door. I am just beginning to clean it, a...
26-09-2016 21:48

An Extraordinary Dahlia Show Kicks off a New Dahlia Society

It\'s official, the dahlia is back, and it\'s pretty safe to say, "in a giant way". If you haven\'t noticed, the dahlia is quickly becoming ...
19-09-2016 21:51

The Curious World of Carnivorous Plants

Oh those Gooey Glands and Hairy Appendages. A little sinister, bit scary and somewhat beautiful -the world of carnivorous plants attracts fans from al...
14-09-2016 21:47

What's Happening In and Around My Garden

I\'ve been neglecting both writing about what\'s been happening around the garden here, as well as actually spending time in the garden (it\'s just be...
06-09-2016 21:49

Back To School with Cucurbits

Bottle gourds (such as these Lagenaria siceraria planted in a gourd tunnel at the home of Amy Goldman) may seem far removed from the other more well-k...
31-08-2016 21:43

HOW I BECAME A GARDENER'S SUPPLY COMPANY, RAISED CEDAR BED F

Call it lurking, or call it stalking (OK, maybe this verged closer to stalking), but hey, I\'m man enough to admit it. Plus, this is a true story.It a...
23-08-2016 21:46

Summer Shishito Peppers, Heirloom Cucumbers and Here Come th

Shishito Peppers, the hottest food trend to hit the American garden since Kale, mature on attractive plants which I am raising in clay pots on our dec...
10-08-2016 21:50

The Lost Art of Growing Tuberous Begonias

First, the dahlia has made a comeback, second - maybe the gladiolus, third, or at least on deck should be the tuberous begonia - an old-fashioned clas...
06-08-2016 21:44

A Summer Visit to Connecticut's White Flower Farm Nursery

There are real reasons why many gardeners wish that they lived in Oregon or Washington, and there are even more reasons why some of the worlds most we...
31-07-2016 21:47

International Can It Forward Day and a Give Away

A load of cherries comes in all at once, which means a few busy days of canning. Today, Friday July 22 is International Can-It Forward Day. Ball canni...
23-07-2016 21:44

My Lathyrus Species Project - A Rainbow of Rare Flowering Pe

Lathyrus annuus var. annuus, or \'Fodder Pea\' has a flower color highly sought after by plant breeders looking to expand the palette of cut flower sw...
18-07-2016 21:47

Sweet Luscious Sweet Peas - Confections on a Stick

The current craze for sweet peas might have started because of my blog, at least so I have been told, but the truth is, they are due for a resurgence ...
06-07-2016 21:48

Our All American Vacation

We\'ve taken a few days vacation after our North American Rock Garden Society conference in Steamboat Springs, CO which was rather exhausting yet terr...
03-07-2016 21:44

Visiting the Yampa River Botanical Park, Steamboat Springs

We\'re so busy on our second day here at the Annual Meeting of the NARGS (the North American Rock Garden Society) here in Steamboat Springs, that I wa...
26-06-2016 21:45

The NARGS 2016 Conference - Denver and the Loveland Pass

Joe and I are attending the Annual Meeting of NARGS, the North American Rock Garden Society, which this year is being generously hosted by the Rocky M...
25-06-2016 21:44

My Surprising Visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

I have to be honest here - there are some very important plant destinations which are near me, and which I have never visited. Most embarrassingly, I ...
19-06-2016 21:45

As busy as the birds and the bees

No wonder poets, song writers and yes, even garden writers pine on about June. It\'s long days are packed romance, vigor, abundance and vitality and i...
08-06-2016 21:51

June Envy

Even if you are not a gardener, or even an outdoorsy-person, I think that it\'s safe to say that June is the month that of the other months hate. &nbs...
02-06-2016 21:48

The Cure for Epimedium Deficit Disorder - Garden Vision Epim

Let me start with this statement - one will never truly appreciate the presence of an epidemium in the garden unless one plants one in the ground and ...
22-05-2016 21:49

Time for a Rototiller Smackdown

Time for a new garden! So, an excuse for a Rototiller smack-down. Troy bilt\'s in the shed emerged for a one-on-one race to see who could tackle our \...
18-05-2016 21:45

The Gardener's Full Plate Season

I presume that most of us suffer the same plight  during these spring days - that of little time, and lots of chores. Once one factors in the obl...
17-05-2016 21:48

This Weekend's 'Trade Secrets' Event is the Highlight of Thi

Here is a view of that incredible Davidia involucrata \' Vilmoriniana\' , along with D. involucrata \'Sonoma\', one of the newer selections of Davidia...
12-05-2016 21:50

How To Make A Real Alpine Trough Garden

As you grow with plants, sooner or later you will confront - -  the trough garden. Stone, hypertufa or slate sinks or troughs filled with exquisi...
10-05-2016 21:52

Will our unseasonably warm winter damage our plants"

Mayflowers for Christmas" It happened this December, but it with this plant, Epigaea repens, it\'s not completely unheard of - it\'s just rare. R...
05-05-2016 16:23

I'm Starting a New Plant Society - Dahlias Anyone"

Proudly announcing the NEW ENGLAND DAHLIA SOCIETY. Please join if you are close to Worcester, MA!I\'m so excited to be able to share this with you - I...
05-05-2016 16:23

Guest Editing the Latest Issue of Pith + Vigor

Rochelle Greayer of Pith + Vigor quarterly and I are not only fellow bloggers, but we are friends, and we are neighbors. We both live in cen...
05-05-2016 16:23

Exploring Planet Iceland

Our land speeder made traversing this planet rather easy, and...it played gay disco music from the 70\'s (which the native population apparently enjoy...
05-05-2016 16:23

Hedging Hornbeams, Planting Onions and other April Chores

A hedge of English Hornbeam (Carpinius betulus) gets trimmed twice a year, once in June, and once in September, but every few years it needs to be top...
05-05-2016 16:23

A December Tour of the Greenhouse

We\'re all so busy during these last few weeks before the Holidays, that it\'s hard to rake a break from all of the cooking, decorating, shopping and ...
05-05-2016 16:23

Mid-Season Citrus, Camellias and a Nice Clivia

Clivia from our collecting trips to Japan remain most prominent in our collection, but many of these seedlings have yet to bloom. Most, thankfully, ar...
05-05-2016 16:23

More Camellias, Plant Propagation, and a Big Blog Honor

Pots of camellias blooming on the floor of the greenhouse - I just can\'t hold them back, so they will miss the Camellia Show at Tower Hill Botanic Ga...
05-05-2016 16:23

First Day of Spring

The well know early blooming Iris reticulata \'Katherine Hodgkin\', perhaps the perfect subject for my new camera (I\'m switching from Nikon to Canon,...
05-05-2016 16:23

How to grow primroses that return year to year

Primula elatior (this one grown by primrose expert Amy Olmsted in Vermont) as dug from the garden for a primrose exhibition, proves how resilient prim...
05-05-2016 16:23

A new Year, New Puppies, and, an Anniversary

My friend Glen Lord delivered the best birthday present ever to me - a generous load of antique Italian rolled rim Imprunetta clay pots from an old es...
05-05-2016 16:23

February Flora

As we are experiencing a rather mild winter, spring seems to be arriving earlier under glass. Many of these pots are old friends - going dormant durin...
05-05-2016 16:23

Welcoming an Early Spring

Nemesia which was sown last October, begins to bloom as the days become longer. Well pinched and fertilized with a complex mix of water soluble 12 - 6...
05-05-2016 16:23

My Icelandic Immersion Ends

In my last post from Iceland, and before I return back to more traditional gardening posts, here are some of the various images from both the two citi...
05-05-2016 16:23

Rarely Seen Blooms at the Annual Primrose Show Draws Crowds

Green with envy yet" Meet \'Sword\' a rare double exhibition auricula primrose once cherished during Victorian England, some were on display at t...
05-05-2016 16:23

Our Christmas Festivities

Clove-studded oranges, or Pomander balls, were featured on our Holiday table. We used to make these wreathes and Della Robia style decorations back in...
05-05-2016 16:23

Carnationist Aspirations - Infatuated with Malmaison Carnati

Someone asked me recently if I ever feel as if I am going to run out of things to try growing, and when I thought about it, I somehow felt a little sh...
05-05-2016 16:23

A Weekend at Americas Oldest Flower Show

An entrants camellias await being groomed and set out on the benches at America\'s oldest flower show, the 187th Camellia Show held by the Massachuset...
05-05-2016 16:23

A Trip To Iceland

It\'s easy to see Iceland makes the top ten remote places to visit both with Lonely Planet and Unesco site lists.   We reach a ridge overlooking ...
05-05-2016 16:23

My Earth Day Giveaway - Disposable Compost Bins by Postmoder

These new compostable food scrap boxes introduce a new system which is 100% compostable, all designed by two of my good friends. I want to share a mon...
05-05-2016 16:23

RAISING A COLLECTION OF EXTRAORDINARY CHRYSANTHEMUMS

A contemporary photograph of classic chrysanthemums by Japanese artist Tomoko Yoneda, Chrysanthemums, 2011 c-print. First cultivated in China, cultiva...
05-05-2016 16:23

When I Win Power Ball Tonight, I'm Buying Thompson & Morgan

First, you need to know this: There are two Thompson & Morgan companies. One in the UK, the original, and one in the US and Canada, the portion of...
05-05-2016 16:23

Gooseberries, Mignonette and Martian Regolith Simulant - My

Gooseberries, once so popular in North America, were restricted during most of the twentieth century because of concerns that the  genus was a ve...
05-05-2016 16:23

A New and Improved Better Homes & Gardens" Perhaps so.

I was sent a complementary copy of the newly rebranded Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Maybe it\'s because it\'s the gardening issue, but I have to...
05-05-2016 16:23

Winter's Late Departure Allows UsTo Catch Up

Those pots of Nemesia that I sowed in September, but then fussed a bit over by adjusting their pH, and monitoring their magnesium and calcium diet, ar...
05-05-2016 16:23
 



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