January 2006

Ten Ways to Use Your Camera in the Garden

– Posted in: Recommended Links

Judith of knitagarden regards her camera as an essential garden tool. She lists ten ways her camera helps her be a better gardener. Some are pretty obvious, but I for one had never thought to document drainage problems with a camera. Speaking of cameras, one of my goals for this year is to take more [...]

Jade plant

– Posted in: Plant info, Recommended Links

Old Roses mentioned how she has trouble keeping jade plants alive. Heh. She must be too conscientious. This jade plant was started from a piece that broke off a still bigger jade plant that was recently given away. My guess is it's over ten years old. It grows in my bedroom and is neglected most [...]

Garden Whimsy

– Posted in: Design, Hardscaping and Projects

Art in the garden. Just hearing that phrase brings to my mind classical statues reigning from alcoves sculpted into centuries-old hedges, or huge, abstract monoliths sitting on perfectly manicured lawns, both completely alien to my way of thinking and my way of life. But there is also garden art that is more casual, personal--eccentric, even--and [...]

Heritage Perennials–A Fun Place to Visit

– Posted in: Recommended Links

In your plant shopping of the recent past, have you bought a perennial labeled Jeeper Creepers, Happily Ever Appster daylilies, or Trophytaker daylilies? Then you've bought a plant that originally came from Heritage Perennials. So what? you say. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but there are very few plant wholesalers that have such a [...]

My Snowdrops

– Posted in: Weather, What's up/blooming

Due to the prolonged January thaw I find that I am actually in the snowdrop race, limping along in last place. These are growing in the same spot as the blooming snowdrops of the previous post. This photo was taken January 12th. Since then, the cold has returned and we've even gotten a little snow, [...]

A Tale of Two Cities. . .I mean, Catalogs

– Posted in: Catalog review

So we got this new (meaning, we've never gotten this one before, the company's actually 9 years old) seed catalog in the mail the other day, and I've been elected to post about it. They're called Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and you can find them on the internet here. They're all about rare, organic, old, [...]


– Posted in: Catalog review, Vegetables

As I'm beginning to get started on my seed order this year, I remember that I meant to post on potatoes. Last year, due to the fascinating varieties offered by Fedco, I ordered my potatoes from them instead of Johnny's. Most of you probably know that Fedco is divided into several distinct branches; the seeds [...]