The Green Gardening Chronicles, Vol. 1, #2

  Pruned butterfly bush Checked one thing off my list this afternoon—I cut down the butterfly bush in our backyard. My friend and extraordinary gardening resource, Jen, tells me that it’s quite a hardy plant and I can cut it back severely and still keep it healthy. Let’s hope so, because it is now nearly stumpy (okay, not quite, but I cut A LOT off today). The reason she suggested this plant to me a few years ago was that I wanted something simple to care for and lovely... Read More

The Green Gardening Chronicles, Vol. 1, #1

March 27, 2011 I start feeling it in February. The itchy eyes and throat–and then the sneezing. Spring—I’m always looking forward to the change from winter; but in this part of the country, you really don’t know what to expect as the seasons turn. Sometimes it gets warm (it was 78 degrees on Jim’s birthday, less than 2 weeks ago), and then just days later, it snows. The signals are conflicting, but one thing is clear—change is in the air, and I’m ready for... Read More