Author Archives: beth

About beth

Hello, I'm Beth, an ex-financial services marketing type, with two kids, a husband, and a new puppy. I have a passion for gardening, cooking, all things crafty, but above all else that journey called life.

pastoral views

This has been our view on the weekends for the past two months.  We have a place up in the Catskills during the winter.  The rolling hills (or one could argue mountains) aren’t as big as others on the East … Continue reading

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Plant Combinations

I seem to be having a moment with Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)!  I’m really digging its look and texture.  It likes shade and can be grown in containers – an idea for a future container. I saw this particular combination … Continue reading

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Frida at NYBG

We had a sick day field trip with my older daughter last week to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden.  We both thoroughly enjoyed it – fun to see an exhibit in so many corners … Continue reading

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Painted Ladies

This morning was our annual butterfly release shindig.  The past number of years we’ve been watching caterpillars transform into chrysalis and then emerge as butterflies in late May/early June. For more details on the process read this article. This year … Continue reading

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We Have Beans!

Not enough to make a meal, but so fun for all of us to watch grow

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What to Grow Between Stones?

We’ve pondered this question, attempting to answer it years, with some success as well as many failures. When we first installed the bluestone patio I had a vision of Creeping Thyme growing between the stones.  A childhood friend had a … Continue reading

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Tool Arsenal

Some of the tools I find super helpful in maintaining perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees. I’m a fan of the Plant-tone products from Espoma, which you can find at most garden supply stores, Home Depot and even on Amazon.  A … Continue reading

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Pruning: Leggy Salvia

Don’t you hate this?  Your spring starts out great. Everything is rockin’ and rollin’ in the garden and then ‘splat’ your plants flop or end up with some yucky bug or fungus.  Today I’m looking at my Salvia plant and … Continue reading

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Backyard Bloomin’ Beans

We have blooms on the beans that the kids planted earlier in the spring.  Hopefully this means they’ll grow and we can enjoy them before the attack of the squirrels or other urban animals. Over the years we’ve attempted to … Continue reading

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Crushed Sewer Lines, Oh My!

Last year marked big, unexpected changes for us in the landscape of our backyard.  We found out in the spring that we were the unfortunate victims of a crushed sewer line.  To be fair, the pipe was 100+ years old, … Continue reading

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