master the garden

Plant buds are undeveloped or embryonic shoots that arise on the tip of a stem or in the axil of a leaf. Composed of meristem tissue and containing undifferentiated cells, from which different plant structures develop and grow, and fueled by the rapid cell division when conditions are right they are formed in late summer/early fall and remain small and delicate and in most temperate-zone trees and shrubs.

strawberry blonde: a story of appreciation

Marigolds – perfume to pest repellent – these versatile flowers have a place in the garden

atomic gardening

I have lived my entire life in the nuclear age. Technically, we no longer label present day as the “nuclear age”, meaning we do not define the present by nuclear technologies, that have been replaced by other disruptive technologies, which strikes me as odd since the world is filled with thousands of nuclear weapons, obtainContinue reading “atomic gardening”

id your tree

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest‘ Monterey Cypress Soft and bright, the beautiful gold foliage will persist all year round making the Cypress a favorite in the garden. I use juvenile specimens in planters, transplanting them into the landscape as they mature. With an annual growth of 8 to 10 inches – mature specimens reach 7 to 8 feetContinue reading “id your tree”

id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

what the SOM?

soil organic matter as an indicator of soil health So what is SOM? The USDA defines SOM as: the organic component of soil consisting of three primary parts: (fresh) plant residues and small living organisms (active) decomposing organic matter (humus) stable organic matter Most of us understand the importance of sufficient nutrition in the soilContinue reading “what the SOM?”

id your tree

Pinus strobus ‘Louie’ Eastern White Pine ‘Louie’ is a species native to North America, and its soft, fine, golden foliage makes it one of the most attractive conifers for ornamental landscapes. The long thin needles remain gold year round – intensifying in color during the winter cold. Also referred to as Golden White Pine ‘Louie’,Continue reading “id your tree”

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”