Blue Butterfly

Spring’s on the wing

This Sunday, we jump ahead by an hour (except in parts of Saskatchewan), collectively acknowledging that Spring isn’t coming quickly enough. Funny how we can take matters into our own hands and get more daylight in our days–or at least the perception of it. To mark the occasion, I thought it would be fun to…

Demeter fragrances

Making scents of winter

I just sprayed eau de Dirt on my wrist and got a lovely memory rush of digging in my garden. Such is my longing for spring on this cold and grey winter’s day. I’ll admit that I’m also hooked on Demeter Fragrance Library scents, as much for their uncanny encapsulations of time travel as for the…

Pelican

Sunshine and eye candy

Craving sun and warmth. No time (or dinero) to head south. So I’m dipping into my photo albums for a little digital vacay. Here are some pix taken in Sanibel, Florida, in November. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them. (Keep scrolling down this page to see them all.) I love…

Halloween

Killer plants versus The Blob

What’s more fun? Visiting a garden that can kill or finding The Blob in your garden? Let’s see… The Poison Garden at Alnwick in England has a sign on its locked gate that says “These Plants May Kill”. I can’t think of a better incentive to enter for gawkers and gardeners alike. There are over…

Rock star botanist. Yeah. Really.

I know rock-star botanist sounds like an oxymoron but I’m loving the fact that Voice Of America is trying to sprinkle a little glamour over plant research. This article is a fun read not only for the idea of a 60+ year-old plant geek rappelling down the same cliffs where scenes from Raiders of the…

Hydrangea sample for gardening.

The greying garden and what to do about it

After attending yet another lecture at a botanical society shoulder-to-shoulder with a battalion of grey-haired ladies, I wondered about where gardening was headed. I understand that in the eyes of most kids gardening is deeply uncool. Yeah, it was fun as a toddler, digging in the dirt with your bright plastic spade. But later, you raked the…

Marigolds

Mental gardening

    The 3,000 Mile Garden is one of those books about gardening that isn’t anything like gardening books. During a long wait for a late spring, dipping into this extraordinary exchange of letters between Leslie Land, who lived in the northeastern United States, and Roger Phillips, based in London, England, is like sitting at…