Of Darkness and Light

Sunset On Water

I’ve always loved fielding questions from fellow gardeners about problems they are having. It helps to stretch my knowledge – and sometimes increase my humility when I make a mistake. One of the things I enjoy is following a Facebook group where gardeners across the country post problems they are having. Most of the posts

Are Native Plants Better?


Recently I’ve noticed  whispers in the gardening world about how native plants are the thing for “responsible gardeners” to grow. The underlying reason seems to be that a native plant is always superior to anything else. Is this true? Today you will find most nurseries carry some native plants. Even plant breeders have gotten into the act.

When Is an Annual Not an Annual?


As we move from summer into fall, certain garden activities start appearing on our To Do list. We think about dividing overgrown perennials, planting spring-flowering bulbs, and generally putting the garden to bed for the winter. These activities often bring with them the question of what to do with some of our annuals such as

Totally Bogus Gardening Hacks, Part I

Courtesy Carey Tilden

My beloved husband is always on the lookout for garden articles on the Internet that I might find interesting. Most of his discoveries are worthwhile. Recently however he forwarded a link to a page that had my blood boiling within minutes. The offending article was on one of those sites that claim to give the

Pearls of Wisdom

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.

— Jack London


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