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September 21, 2016

Very excited about getting over there!! A great link if you have a few minutes.


September 17, 2016

I was in Montauk recently visiting a garden that we planted a number of years ago. In the fields and woodlands surrounding the house we had planted thousands and thousands of Asteromea plugs (Japanese Aster is the common name). Starting in mid summer this feisty, long...

July 28, 2016

Pale blue hydrangea getting you down? Looking for something deeper and more meaningful? Take a wad of steel wool and bury it a couple of feet away from your hydrangea preferably at the edge of the root mass. Do this in mid spring as the buds are starting to break. Acco...

July 8, 2016

First a brief disclaimer. Your deer may like things that my deer don't and vice versa. Don't assume that plants that have been field tested in our backyard will hold up in Hoboken. It is also important to understand that deer are incredibly adaptable. Something that ma...

June 20, 2016

It is the first day of summer and all the Mountain Laurel is coming to an end. Deep in the woods this magnificent plant (Kalmia latifolia for those insisting on proper nomenclature!) puts on quite a show and my heart always jumps a bit whenever I come across a grove sh...

May 30, 2016

I have a lot of garden books but only a handful are irreplaceable. One of these is The Color Encyclopedia of Ornamental Grasses by Rick Darke. So irreplaceable that I actually have a back-up copy (of course if I were smart one copy would be in a vault somewhere but I a...

May 26, 2016

 In Bamboo World timing is everything.


Many species of bamboo flower once every 60 to 130 years. The entire species will flower at once no matter where in the world it happens to be planted (I know, there are some minor variations but you get the point). As soon as th...

May 23, 2016

There are 1500 species of bamboo. It is found on almost every continent. It grows in the tropics and in cold mountain valleys. Some species are no more than 6 inches tall and several can reach 100 feet or more. You can eat it, build homes and furniture with it and it h...

May 21, 2016

Kew Gardens has recently released it's first report on the current state of plant life across the globe. Take a look at this report if you are interested in putting food in your stomach or having medicines available to the sick.  The product of over 80 scientist the re...

May 13, 2016

 It does sound a little dirty but in fact it is the Latin name for the common lilac. Loved by mothers and grandmothers this shrub is now going on a thousand different cultivars. Several are heat tolerant (such as the Descanso varieties out of California) but for the mo...

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