master the garden: microclimate management

I have lived in 7 different planting zones and not one has been a perfect match for growing what I wanted. I had to get creative. What I learned was some plants will struggle to survive or fail to thrive without a little intervention on my part and just a few subtle manipulations in adjustingContinue reading “master the garden: microclimate management”

master the garden

part four botany basics: stems Stems support buds and leaves with a vascular system that forms a continuous ‘highway’ inside the stem from the root, through the stem and to the leaves – conduits for carrying water, minerals, and photosynthates (food). The structure of the vascular system consists of the xylem tubes that conduct waterContinue reading “master the garden”

latin for the accidental gardener

acer, acris, acre AY-sa Fierce, sharp, irritating, pungent, bitter Origin and history – New Latin, from Latin, maple tree; akin to Old High German, Old Saxon, & Middle Low German ahorn maple tree, Old Danish ær, Greek akastos, a maple tree, akarna laurel, and probably to Latin acer sharp acerifolius a-ser-ih-FOH-lee-us maple-leafed with leaves like a maple Origin and history – New Latin;Continue reading “latin for the accidental gardener”

rewilding – earth medicine, human therapy

series on changing perspectives on wilding and connecting with the earth to find wellness personally and for the environment “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Jane Oliver, American poet 1935 – 2019 Her work was inspired by nature, rather than the human world. She hadContinue reading “rewilding – earth medicine, human therapy”

language of flowers…..Echinacea

In the language of flowers, the purple coneflower denotes skill and resilience – strength and health Echinacea has a long history in folklore, medicine, and tradition. A symbol of strength and healing, it is also associated with spirituality, and has been connected with the shadow side of one’s’ nature and is frequently used in witchcraftContinue reading “language of flowers…..Echinacea”

making the cut

science based pruning: part 2 – what the cut? What’s in your toolbox? tools of the trade Pruning…removing dead, dying, or diseased wood eliminates an entry point or build-up area for insects and fungi to enter the plant and spread to other parts. Gardeners and arborists spend a lot of time and energy in thisContinue reading “making the cut”