Hitch Lyman’s Temple Nursery Garden

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

I visited Hitch Lyman's garden in Trumansburg, NY. on May 8th. It was one of the Garden Conservancy's Open Gardens, as I mentioned previously. His Temple Nursery is the only U.S. nursery that specializes in snowdrops. The snowdrops were long gone, but lilacs and species peonies were blooming. Hitch Lyman has a wonderful Greek Revival [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day May 2010

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

It always seems like there is nothing blooming in mid-May, but when I really look around, I realize there is a lot blooming but none of it is flashy, like the big yellow sheets of daffodils previous or the three Grandes Dames of June that will soon be here. The blooms of mid-May are modest [...]

When is my last spring frost?

– Posted in: FAQ, Weather

Usually, when you want to know your last spring frost, the experts send you to a hardiness zone map, a chart, or even the NOAA records, conceding that this will only give you a ballpark figure. If you really want to know your local last frost date, consult a neighbor--at least until you've kept records [...]

Sights, Sounds, and Smells of Spring

– Posted in: Meditations

Sights One of the many good things about spring is that without it, and without the absence imposed by fall and winter, we flawed mortals might fail to appreciate the beauties around us. So much of the wonder of spring is found in the return of what was absent. Would the appearance of new leaves [...]

The Grand Tour

– Posted in: Design, Garden chores, What's up/blooming

You probably have a Grand Tour of your own, even if you don't think of it in terms of "grand." It usually starts with drinking something hot in a mug and looking out the window. Somehow you find yourself outdoors, checking things out, and you're "only going to be a minute." Your feet know the [...]

Lilac Books

– Posted in: Book reviews, Colchicums

I've been reading Lilacs for the Garden by Jennifer Bennett. It's a much more approachable book than Fiala's Lilacs: The Genus Syringa and has detailed information on numerous cultivars and species. I've discovered lilacs that bloom earlier and later than the ones in my garden, especially fragrant lilacs, especially hardy lilacs, and lilacs that do [...]