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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Forcing Forsythia

Forcing forsythia is super easy! Now is the time to grab some clippers and cut several forsythia branches.  I like the long, straight ones because they make more dramatic arrangements.  However, the branching ones are beautiful too as seen here.  Once you have cut the branches put them in water and wait anywhere from one to three weeks for the buds and flowers to appear depending on how late in the winter you cut them.  There is no need to change the water while your waiting for the branches to bloom.  I do find it helpful, however, to make a 1/2 inch vertical cut at the base of the branch to make it easier for the stems to take up water.  The flowering branches look great for several weeks.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Winter Floral Arrangements

Bringing flowers in from the garden is one of my great joys as a gardener.  Winter presents a challenge in that there is less to choose from, but the desire for greenery grows stronger.  One of my goals this winter is to create an arrangement each week from the garden.  It will not only beautify my living space, but will satisfy my desire to be in the garden at a time of year I ordinarily would not.  I share with you week 1.

This small vase contains clipping of cedar clippings and yellow twig dogwood gathered from the garden with an accent of purple from Japanese beautyberry  growing at the edge of our lawn.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

NYBG: Much to Savor, and Worry About, Amid Mild Winter’s Early Blooms

Published: February 26, 2012

At the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, an experimental plot was in full flower on a recent February afternoon, as the thermometer edged toward 60.

“This is the earliest I’ve seen all of these things in flower,” said Todd Forrest, the garden’s vice president for horticulture and living collections. “The ground isn’t even frozen. That’s shocking.”

Friday, March 30, 2012

Latest buzz on bee decline: Studies blame pesticides

Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:49 PM
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A common class of pesticide is causing problems for honeybees and bumblebees, important species already in trouble, two studies suggest. But the findings don't explain all the reasons behind a long-running bee decline, and other experts found one of the studies less than convincing. The new research suggests the chemicals used in the pesticide -- designed to attack the central nervous system of insects -- reduces the weight and number of
queens in bumblebee hives. These pesticides also cause honeybees to become disoriented and fail to return to their hives, the researchers concluded. The two studies were published online Thursday in the journal Science. Just last week activists filed a petition with more than a million signatures asking the government to ban the class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is re-evaluating the chemicals and is seeking scientific help.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

NJ.com: Chatham Township lets farming debate go fallow for summer

Is family farming coming to Chatham? Let the veggies grow!

There is currently a small-town political debate about whether or not Chatham will allow a family in Green Village to grow vegetables for selling via CSA, at the local farmers' market, or at a farm stand. As one neighbor on the street puts it: let the veggies grow!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Support Your Local Farm: The Village Tree Farm in Green Village, NJ

Why did it take me so long to find The Village Tree Farm on Meyersville Road in Green Village, NJ? It's a family-run Christmas tree farm just a few minutes from my home and we had a wonderful afternoon picking out our tree. In addition to getting a great tree, we also got to admire their beautiful, Amish-constructed barn, built in 2004.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

NYTimes: A Story about Gardening into your Seventies

"Page Dickey spent 30 years building the perfect garden. Now that she and her husband are in their 70s, cutting back is more of a priority." -Anne Raver, New York Times

Friday, May 14, 2010

Where have I been?

It's been months since my last post. We had a baby, decided to move, sold our house and bought a new one. To say the least, it's been busy. This gardening season, I'm trying to both pot up and/or take divisions of my rare plants as well as plan the new garden. I intend to write more about all of the above when I have more time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Telegraph.co.uk: Great Dixter after Christopher Lloyd

After Chrstopher Lloyd died in 2006, "many at that point wondered what would happen to his celebrated garden, Great Dixter." There is a fascinating story here by Tim Richardson about how Fergus Garrett maintain's "Great Dixter's spirit of originality."

What's the secret? "The key to the garden's originality and verve is partly due to the working method laid down by Christo. This consisted of a daily perambulation around the garden which lasted about an hour, during which time Christo and Fergus would make perhaps 60 decisions, small and large. About half of them were to be dealt with immediately, the rest stored up for the right seasonal moment. 'Everything was looked at and carefully considered,' Fergus says. 'We asked: is it worth it? Does it grow well? Does it stand on its own?'"

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