August 10, 2007 |
Sooner or later, there comes a gardening moment like this: It's hot. We're alone, watering, weeding. The chores are mundane, yet we're at peace, loving the warmth and repetition, the simplicity and silence. The garden, we come to realize, is a sacred place - not a religious experience necessarily, but a place that teaches us to truly see and authentically be. Here, too, among the lilies and tomatoes, we bear witness to ordinary events and stunning miracles - learning, from these plants and tasks, that often they are one and the same.
August 6, 2016
Deadhead! With all the heat and rain, flowers are busting out all over. But remember, most plants flower so they can set seeds and die, or at least retire to Florida. If you want them to keep blooming, you have to prevent the completion of the cycle by removing flowers as soon as they are done. Snip off dead flowers, and the sticking-out stems as well, to make it all tidy. Revisit your beetle plan. Two weeks ago, I talked about low-tech beetle control - i.e., knocking them off their branches into a coffee can of water - and heard back from the Pheromone Trap Delegation.
June 23, 2012 |
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: Early Summer Native Plant Sale Green Streetscapes Tour How Our Gardens Change " Nursery Tour Send information about gardening and horticultural events to email@example.com. Include a contact phone number and send at least two weeks before the event.
January 15, 1986 |
Every year about this time - and then again at tomato starting time - I think about really doing my no-work gardening ploy. "Just once," I think, "I'll just do it this year and have a neat green garden with hardly any work. " Maybe this will be the year. After all, this will be the tenth season we've all been gardening on the Southwark/Queen Village Park and Garden. Maybe the soil needs a rest. Maybe I need a rest. (The tenth season! Oh wow.) The no-work ploy is not all no work.
April 12, 2013 |
A couple of teenage pals named Jack and Chester kicked off spring and kicked up some dust in a gritty Trenton neighborhood Tuesday. The handsome pair of Belgian draft horses pulled a plow that furrowed the earth in the Garden of Three Points, delighting Gene Roberson and others eager for the start of planting season. "Watermelon, peanuts, field peas, collards, mustard greens, squash," said Roberson, 74, describing typical crops he'll be putting in "around Mother's Day, when the ground'll be good and warm.
May 27, 1989 |
Let's be brave and assume the rain is over and we can count on a weekend in the garden. That said, the best starting point may be a book, since that's where the best garden and landscaping ideas can be found. As usual, there's something for everyone in the newest volumes. "The Small Garden Book" by John Brooks (Crown, $30) is a misleading title. Actually, it addresses small spaces, which is an appealing challenge no matter what the size of the garden or property. A valuable planning guide, it covers every aspect of planning and executing the small spaces, from courtyards and terraces to rooftops, balconies and alleys, on down to gardening in containers.
June 2, 1991 |
The Montreal Botanical Garden unveils a new attraction this month: a Chinese garden described as the largest outside Asia. Known as the Shanghai-Montreal Dream Lake Friendship Garden, the five-acre landscape has been in the planning stages for 11 years. Besides Canadian workers, the construction of the garden involved 48 craftspeople from Shanghai who spent six months living in trailers at the garden site. The garden duplicates a style popular with wealthy civil servants during the Ming Dynasty.
August 11, 1996 |
Though I may be a city person, every summer, when the daylilies bloom along the roadsides, I yearn to have the feeling of being once more in my mother's garden near the Delaware River in Trenton. She has been gone almost two decades now, but I remember the day my first cousin telephoned, just before I sold the family house, to ask if she could come by to transplant the garden to her own home across the river. I agreed and was touched by this gesture but thought no more of it as I struggled to dismantle the possessions of my parents' lifetime.