Hello All, I meant to have this playlist up for you at the beginning of December, but I also intended to have all my presents and cards in order by now. You guessed it, they're not done. https://open.spotify.com/user/i4s3qdcvsc3hma74qhampp8qy/playlist/29mxES1XErnLc6GZym4esV?si=K9pZSJUUSKKw76BMgIXSJQ Take a listen and enjoy! There are only a few songs in this playlist that have one… Continue reading December Playlist
Okay okay, it isn't technically winter yet. Will you hold it against me? I have had to shovel snow already. At the end of last week, the ground completely froze over. It is winter. Take that, you autumn-loving, pumpkin-spice everything people. Previously, I had been worried that a massive order of bulbs would need to… Continue reading Winter Plantings Bring Spring Flowers.
Christmas is coming, if you like it or not. Countless vehicles have been spotted balancing a netted tree aloft them. The grocery stores boast giant pine wreaths with flat red bows, that dare you not to look at them as you enter. Colored lights are going up in the houses of well-meaning aunts, who try… Continue reading Decorating for Christmas (Holiday Season) Using Plants
At the end of the summer, I dreamed up a magnificent plan to overwinter some annuals from clients' cutting gardens to see how they would hold up, and maybe have some nice blooms in the winter. I brought them inside. "Oh, how pretty they are! It really brings some life to this tiny apartment! These… Continue reading The Plan is Not Always in Your Hands
Having a degree in anthropology, I am attuned to the practices of people across the globe. There are many instances where people will burn herbs or plant resin in a ceremonial way. It may be one of the things witchcraft, christianity, and buddhism all have in common. The act of burning a bundle of herbs… Continue reading Oh, Smudge
I just saw this, right, just now! After going to your polling place, do a little search (or a big search) with Ecosia. It is very similar to Google, so you will be familiar with the mechanics of it. Why should you use it? It uses it's advertising profits to fund projects that Help the… Continue reading Vote! Then Use Ecosia!
One of the most satisfying parts of gardening is clearing out the clutter from a bed. This involves dividing plants that have become huge of their own accord. It also means taking out plants that will devour others and repurposing them somewhere more appropriate. From my standpoint, after my few years of professionally gardening, there… Continue reading Country Meadow Bed
It was the most gorgeous autumn day thus far. Seasonally appropriate frost crystals clung to the grass in the morning, but not too heavily on the iris greens. I scraped the thin sheet of ice off of my car windows and drove to my parents' house. We made two pots of coffee over the span… Continue reading Amsonia; Beautiful Autumn
Autumn hit the Hudson Valley so hard it feels as if Mr. Frost is taking an express flight from the Arctic after an extended stay. It went from 80 degree days to 40 degree days in one week. Boss and I are not taking it well. In the mornings I've been huddling by my space… Continue reading Drying Herbs from the Garden
A beautiful bounty comes late in the summer. Eggplant flowers bloom and ripen. It is a sight to awaken the Italian within us all. Store-bought eggplant always takes so much manipulation to extract the bitterness from it. However, freshly picked eggplant from a compost rich garden, will yield effortless tastiness. Yum! So buttery and mellow… Continue reading Storing Eggplant