Monthly Archives: June 2015

Preen is a Total Flop

After the landscapers finished renovating the slope bed, it was pristine black dirt with peat tilled in. We had to hustle and put plants back into it – most of them just went anywhere they could fit. A couple of … Continue reading

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Renovating a Weed-Choked Garden Bed

One of my first planned projects for my “year of renewal and renovation” was to clean up a small island bed that sits between the two halves of my driveway, out at the street end, that was almost buried in … Continue reading

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Why I Cut Down the Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn sumac – botanical name rhus typhina – is an interesting structural element in the garden most of the year, and utterly spectacular in the fall. This picture shows that the staghorn is – at least, mine was – a … Continue reading

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How I Got Here

Warning: Rants Ahead I moved into this house at the end of October 2008. There was a lot of trauma involved in the move – not least because it was the result of my mother’s death in December 2007. I … Continue reading

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House Painting, Before and After

My daughter Angel, whom I unofficially adopted when she was 13, was for many years a house painter, so naturally if I was going to pay someone something to paint my house, she was the one I wanted to pay. … Continue reading

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