Category Archives: Garden Making Guidance

Thoughtful Design for Your Landscape : A Way to Begin.

THOUGHTFUL DESIGN FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS AND HOW TO FIND THEM It seems to me that everything a person creates is most satisfying when it connects to their own ‘I’. Finding your ‘everything’ begins by considering what matters a lot to you and what doesn’t. For planning purposes, the landscape thought process starts by […]

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The Earliest Plants, Zone 5B

You can make Winter shorter. The earliest flowering things of Zone 5B can grant this wish. You can count on certain early plants absolutely. Just as the snow recedes, they flower, and we are encouraged in the impression that the winter is ending. Some are common kinds, but many others, though entirely hardy and dependable, […]

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Stone and Hypertufa Container Gardens

Stone Trough Gardens  Miniature gardens can be very satisfying elements in small personal landscapes. Hypertufa and stone troughs or copper pots are among the best of planting containers, remaining in place outdoors through all the seasons, and lasting for many years. It turns out that there are a lot of perennial plants which are preadapted […]

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Wreathing the Beds

  Greens After Christmas  A second purpose for the branches of Christmas trees and other holiday greens is to re-use them as decorative wreathing for your otherwise somewhat bare perennial beds, but the reason to use them is usually to help insulate plants residing in the earth beneath. I find this branch overlay technique especially […]

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The Latest Flowering Shrubs

THE LATEST FLOWERING SHRUBS SOME LATE BLOOMING FAVORITES  ‘Recency is Primacy’ In general, people call to mind most easily those things that have happened most recently. Each year, the last plants to flower in a freshly beautiful way seem very precious. In fond memory, they seem to stay close by as we go through the […]

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Marblehead Open Garden Day 2015

4 Private Gardens in Marblehead and 1 in Beverly will be Open for viewing on August 8th from 10 AM until 4 PM (Click above for further information) 40% of our proceeds go to the MARBLEHEAD CONSERVANCY Hope You May be able to Visit One or All of Them …….. Below is a list of […]

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The Longest Blooming Clematis of my Acquaintance

  LONG BLOOMING SMALL FLOWERED CLEMATIS Many of the longest blooming Clematis are found among the smaller flowered kinds. Their myriads of small individual flowers combine to make as exciting a show as any of the large flowered Clematis can offer. I find that their stems and foliage also last more nicely and can be […]

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Fourth of July Plant, Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia marilandica is spectacular every Fourth of July – A living Sparkler. If you have a few hours of good sun somewhere, this beautiful and tough plant will return each year, bringing in Hummingbirds for the festivities. It will give you its amazing display for quite a while, and if you trim it after flowering, […]

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Hellebore Favorites

Some Hellebore Favorites An Evergreen groundcover plant with fresh flowers for Christmas and New Year’s Day in New England, Zone 5….. Seems quite magical. Staunchly evergreen, most Hellebores are treasured for their handsome leaves in all seasons and for their flowers through winter and early spring, when there are few other showy plants in the […]

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Choosing Stone and Hard Materials: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 8

Chapter 8 Choosing Stone and Hard Materials Choose a Family of Stone and Hard Materials from the Beginning. It will save alot of problems if you considerately select the set of stone and hard materials you will be using together for your ‘palette’ before you begin to design your projects in any detail. You are […]

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In Bloom Plant List / August 10th 2014 / Zone 5B

IN BLOOM OR OF NOTE AUGUST 10th 2014 The plants listed below were among those in bloom or looking great on our Open Garden Day. This list was very popular, so I thought I would provide it for those of you who could not be there or didn’t get things written down that you might […]

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Garden Conservancy Open Day in Marblehead 8/10/2014

Garden Conservancy Open Day in Marblehead (click above for descriptions of and directions to the gardens) Sunday, August 10 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit four gardens in Marblehead, MA. in any order you like. Admission is $5 for each garden. Proceeds are shared with the Marblehead Conservancy and Symphony by the Sea Rich’s […]

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Long Blooming Plants, and how to make them Longer Blooming Plants: Zone 5

Tricks to Keep Plants Long Blooming 1.  Use Various Exposures If a long blooming kind of plant is sited in various locations, it can have an ultra long flowering season. If any given kind of plant can thrive in a range of exposures, and you put some in a shadier and some in a sunnier […]

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Best Evergreen Floor Plants

A Suitable Plant for Memorial Day : Vinca  The word ‘Vinca’ can be derived from the Italian verb ‘Vincere’, which refers to success by winning or conquering, whether I, you, he or she. The Vincas are a seriously reliable and handsome Genus of plants, so it is easy to think of them being referred to […]

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Recycling Christmas Greens

Wreathing the Beds Greens After Christmas A second harvest purpose for the branches of Christmas trees and other holiday greens is to use them as decorative wreathing for your otherwise somewhat bare perennial beds. …… One might choose to lay evergreen branches on some beds just to look wonderful through the winter, but these branches […]

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Winter Preparation

 Anticipating the End of the Year Winter Preparation Some More Things They Never Tell You. Save the final blowing and cleaning of your diverse planted beds until after the ground is cold hardened. For the thorough cleaning of beds in which perennial and self sowing plants reside, it is safer for those inhabitants if you […]

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 / Shaping Your Landscape

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Landscape Design Advisories: Chapter 5 Shaping Your Landscape Seeing the Shapes The details of whatever you will be making are often best sorted out functionally and visually where they will come into being. Whether regarding stone projects, wooden structures, garden bed shapes or individual tree and plant placements, opportunities and problems will show themselves with […]

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Potatoes and Rocks on Long Island

The Rock who Tried to be a Potato When you hand harvest potatoes in Eastern Long Island you soon learn that the sandy earth coats the stones which also inhabit the earth there so thoroughly that, before washing, the two entities are often virtually indistinguishable. Their weight difference is the only clue sometimes. If you […]

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Long Blooming Plants: Thalictrum rochebruneanum and Other Fabulous Flower Fireworks

Thalictrum rochebruneanum is a Star for the Fourth of July. You can expect Lavender Flowered Fireworks, every year…. Sometimes called ‘Meadow Rue’, or ‘Lavender Mist’, this plant is elegantly vertical. When in bloom, each individual is like a 6’ magic wand, with delicate foliage and perfect lavender sparkles, which fluff out at the top in […]

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Volunteer Vegetables : Edible, Ornamental…and they come back every year.

Certain edible plants return each year, and some are easy to have in the garden. These I call volunteer vegtables since they so willingly come back in Zone 5B. Red Leaf Shiso = Perilla frutescens crispa I first met the red leaf Japanese Perilla, also known as Shiso, at a supermarket in a plastic bag. […]

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Long Blooming Hardy Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Hardy Perennial Self – Sowers goes to: Corydalis lutea  and to Corydalis lutea alba…… Easy, long flowering friends can be found among the many perennial choices in the plant world. Among the handsomest of hardy, long blooming plants, these two enthusiastic Corydalines are willing to volunteer […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day……. Love, Earth

 A Heartful Potato  Plants are not exactly friends, but they’re friendly. This potato was born in a heart shape. It was harvested last year in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sticks and Stones Farm. This farm of  moss and stone is a living gallery of ideas and instruction on how to design, build and live with […]

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Halloween Orange

An organised colony of mini Pumpkins for You. … Pumpkins in Kindergarten, early 1800s.

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Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Best Standing Perennial Self Sowers goes to: Linaria purpurea (purple) and to Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went (pink) Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went The pink form of this Linaria is named in honor of Canon J. Went (ecumenical), and […]

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Designing Your Views: Landscape Design Advisories / Chapter 6

Chapter  6 Designing Your Views You can lead the eye wherever you want to. Control Your views. Work around existing features Make whatever you add complementary to what you already like and will keep in the place. Plan to erase whatever does not please you. When you are designing your views, through your design, you […]

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