Category Archives: Urban Gardening

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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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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Favorite Annuals

Or maybe I should say, ‘those that do well in my backyard that become my favorite annuals.’ We have intense light/heat in city gardens.  For us, we have a micro-climate, that can take a toll on plants in the summer.  … Continue reading

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Lone Bloom

Full confession:  I get fixated on particular trees and plants and won’t stop thinking about them until they live in my/family/friend’s yard or garden.  For a few year’s I dreamed of a gorgeous spring blooming Magnolia for the planting area … Continue reading

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