Let Your Garden’s Freak Flag Fly

March 19, 2018

A kindred gardener tuned me into a series on Netflix called “Big Dreams Small Spaces” in anticipation of me turning soil in my new city garden. At first I tried to ration out the season, […]


Gardening Through Grief

March 15, 2018

A huge part of needing land beneath my feet, this spring of all springs, comes from losing both my parents this winter. My mother passed away in December and my father in February. They were […]


Sixteen Days and Counting…

March 13, 2018

For almost every spring of my life I have watched the season give birth on a crazy abundance of land. When we moved into our condo I was unprepared for the shock of condensing my […]


Exciting News for Cold Climate Balcony Gardeners!

May 4, 2017

All the experts say that choosing a perennial or shrub that is at least one zone lower than the one you live in should ensure the plant survives balcony heights, but I had my doubts. The proof is in the bud and I am one happy balcony gardener! […]


Earning Our Seasons

May 1, 2017

“I love living in a place where you earn your seasons, you know? Tough it out, see the ice return itself to mud, slimy reeds… become hopeful again.” From the movie Tumbledown. […]


Bergenia…A Tropical Look for Cold Climates

April 26, 2017

Bergenia cordifolia is one of those plants you can scarcely believe could be hardy down to Zone 2. Everything about it looks tropical. Even its common name ‘elephant-ears’ is more reminiscent of the African plains than the Canadian north. […]

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If You Don’t Like The Weather Just Wait A Year

April 19, 2017

Suddenly she didn’t know the difference between a rose and a petunia. Worse, she knew she didn’t know the difference. “How could I forget the names of all my plants?” She would say, shaking her head. “That’s just cruel.” […]