Category: Backyard Gardening


Being present

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. Mother Teresa Bee with Allium, Carolina Spicebush, Ninebark, and a little froggy friend Something I’ve noticed in my early days of blogging, I am looking deeper into my garden than ever before. Of course, I’ve always spent a lot of time in the garden, especially around this time of … Read More Being present


Leaf me alone

The little things that run the world Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson Little homes for little bugs Now that spring is finally getting into its groove, I know you must be itching to get outside and take advantage of the newfound warmth and light. Especially now that the snow has melted, everyone wants to start cleaning up their messy gardens. It’s so hard not … Read More Leaf me alone


Move Over, Lawns

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. Alfred Austin Let’s talk about lawns. According to the National Audubon Society turf grass covers over 40 million acres of land across the U.S. We use 80 million pounds of pesticides and 800 million … Read More Move Over, Lawns

Watching the show

I’ve always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend. C.Z. Guest Dealing with the long, cold winters of the North can really be a struggle for Massachusetts gardeners. Short days, long nights, almost no sunshine, and a complete lack of warmth can really drive you nuts. As a Florida girl, I’ve had to develop many winter coping strategies … Read More Watching the show

Impulse Shopping!!

If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you’ll get good things back. Ben Vereen When spring finally arrives, everyone can’t wait to get outside and revel in beautiful new plants and finished gardens. Alas, gardens unfortunately don’t just pop up overnight the first time the temperature hits fifty degrees. Instead, they evolve not only … Read More Impulse Shopping!!


Winter Gardening

Away in a meadow all covered with snowThe little old groundhog looks for his shadowThe clouds in the sky determine our fateIf winter will leave us all early or late.–  Don Halley Dealing with the long, cold winters of the North can really be a struggle for Massachusetts gardeners. Short days, long nights, almost no sunshine, and a complete lack of any warmth can really … Read More Winter Gardening

Bulbs in the grass!!!

I’m really quite simple. I plant flowers and watch them grow… I stay at home and watch the river flow. George Harrison Lately, I’ve become interested in an even more abstract style of gardening. I was inspired by the film “Five Seasons: the Gardens of Piet Oudolf”, which is an absolutely gorgeous documentary about the New Perennial gardening movement. I decided I needed to … Read More Bulbs in the grass!!!


Ever evolving

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. Luther Burbank My current garden is quite different from my original vision. It is more organic in shape and style then a typical English style garden would be. The majority of the plantings are specifically intended to attract beneficial insects. I am also very interested in … Read More Ever evolving


Ode to a Beech Tree

Lovely Copper Beech Tree


Backyard Cheerleader?

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Hello, and welcome to my gardening blog! I’ve been working on my current garden for over twenty years. I got the idea of writing a blog as a way to share my love and enthusiasm for cultivating plants. My garden truly is my happy place, and I hope to inspire more … Read More Backyard Cheerleader?