February 2006

Gardening for the Long Haul

– Posted in: Garden chores, Miscellaneous

I myself would like to meet Death in the flower garden--falling facedown onto a cushion of Dianthus gratianopolitanus, if it's not to much to ask. ~ Elisabeth Sheldon, Time and the Gardener : Writings on a Lifelong Passion But last and best, I'd like to thank my grandmother Elizabeth McIver, long dead, who when told [...]

Garden Book Meme

– Posted in: Book reviews, Miscellaneous

Ever since the Bookish Gardener posted this meme on her blog, I've wanted to try it, but with the additional twist of limiting it to gardening books. Then Judith of knitagarden tagged me, and I figured if I'm ever going to get around to it, winter is the time. It seems there are two versions [...]

Gardening in February

– Posted in: Garden chores, Weather

Forget the weeding. That was an anomaly. Back, sort of, to the real February. I say "sort of" because yesterday and today the temperature is hovering a bit above freezing, which is on the warm side for February around here. (Average high for the month is 30F, and my outdoor thermometer registers 35F right now.) [...]

Wacky Winter Weeding

– Posted in: Garden chores, Weather

Is there anyone in North America not having an atypical winter? These twigs were photographed by Justin in January. After I took the photos for the preceding post the first Saturday in February, I was able to spend a good two hours weeding before being chased inside by rain. For those of you who live [...]

Kathy’s Hall of Shame

– Posted in: Design, Garden chores, Plant info

I took all these pictures on February 4th, when I was trying to decide on plant orders. It was mild enough to go outside and take a cold hard look at what's out there. The photo above is the section of the Birthday Garden where I have uprooted 5 Malva alcea 'Fastigiata' and innumerable self-sown [...]

An Herby Botanical Valentine

– Posted in: Miscellaneous

With apologies to John Gerard... Oh faire Rosemary, There's never enough thyme To write fines valentines. Oh rue the mind that's dill not sage And leaves undone this pot de fun. Chive me knot for I mint well, And woad you true, my savory one. Ye are free to lovage you wish, But please, a [...]

Lee Valley Valentine

– Posted in: Recommended Links, Tools and Equipment

It being Valentine's Day, I thought I'd tell you about my favorite garden tool company. Lee Valley Tools is based in Ottawa, Canada. It was started in 1977 by Leonard G. Lee and his wife Lorraine, and their son Robin now runs the company. They sell woodworking and gardening tools, though you will also find [...]