Tagged "In the Garden"


Notes from the garden on roses.

I try not to play favorites in the garden. April and May though… April and May makes for some easy obsession for the roses in my garden. Last year I found myself picking so many flowers that the garden looked bare by the time it was the first week in June. Which, as a snarky …
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Perennial Grass Care

A couple weeks ago on Gardenista, I spoke about winter garden work – mostly, perennial grass care. Read below on a how to care for some of my favorite perennial grasses, including some unique techniques to keeping them looking fabulous. During winter, I leave my perennial grasses standing tall for as long as possible so the …
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Be stoked for the weeds.

“Roses can grow in slums just as weeds can grow around mansions.” ― Richard Paul Evans, A Step of Faith   Today’s drive was a regular trek from HMB to Pescadero to San Gregorio. The dogs needed a good, wild run and we quickly found a field that was perfect, complete with blooming mustard and oxalis...
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Winter pruning – with the essentials.

Alright! It’s finally time to prune for the winter (in the Bay Area, that is). I have purposefully waited an extra 3-4 weeks longer then I normally would for pruning in my garden, due to the weather patterns displayed over the past few years. I figure cutting back later, then earlier, is always best...
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Hospitality, in the garden.

My job is kind of funny, if I sit back and actually think about it. I am hired by someone I have never met before, to work in their garden. At their home, usually. I drive to an address otherwise unknown to me, park my truck, get out and knock on someone’s door. While standing …
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