Decorating for Christmas (Holiday Season) Using Plants

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

The Plan is Not Always in Your Hands

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

Oh, Smudge

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

Drying Herbs from the Garden

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

Storing Eggplant

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

Potting Small Plants

Actually, Re-Potting Small Plants If you're like me you may have purchased a lot of smaller plants at nurseries while doing some bigger landscaping projects. "It's so cute! I just have to have it!" -is what I found myself saying time and again. They were cared for (or neglected) all summer in their plastic pots… Continue reading Potting Small Plants