Category Archives: gardening

The Long Goodbye and The High Line

Have you had to say goodbye to a great friend? I’ve hugged many a woman friend goodbye over my adult years, and every time, I feel like my heart is breaking in half. Gone will be the fun times spent together … Continue reading

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In Gardening and in Life: Don’t Listen to the Poseurs

I’ve been a Master Gardener (MG) for almost a decade and had years of hands-on gardening experience at my Dad’s knee prior to the 9 months of MG training classes and my 100+ hours of required volunteer service hours. I know what … Continue reading

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Garden Marauders: Persistent!

Do you have time to read one more tale about my garden invaders? Can I heave ho some more grouchy words your way? Remember the kinda cute little brownish gray bunny? She’s a jumper, according to my husband Mike. Yup. Mike, … Continue reading

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Spring Gardening: Woman versus Bunny

After more than 20 hours of annual spring garden bed cleanup … and I’m not finished yet … I decided to reward myself and officially plant my spring vegetable garden. Yesterday afternoon I tucked in seeds and young plants, hoping to get … Continue reading

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Constance Spry: Who Knew?

For the longest time, Constance Spry was “only” a rose to me, albeit my favorite rose. I know growers name their roses after family members and famous people, but I never really wondered if Constance was the former or the … Continue reading

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Aging Concrete: Fast and Easy!

I have an ongoing love affair with concrete. Concrete statues and decorative yard items. When you walk around my yard and gardens you’ll see a large angel sitting under a leatherleaf viburnum, a cherub in a basket napping near the … Continue reading

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Through the Arbor: It’s about the Scent!

My Montclair, N.J. gardens are abloom! The roses and peonies are bursting at the buds and the lilies and lavenders aren’t far behind. With the warm weather and rain the plants are vying to outdo each other, and I’m the … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Fertilize the Hollies?

This past weekend was the perfect time to fertilize the hollies! I headed outside and began to walk across our front porch, our winter-filthy front porch. “Hmmm. It will only take 30 minutes to spread the fertilizer,” I thought. “Let … Continue reading

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Landscape 411 for New Jersey: Planting for Privacy

I’m a Master Gardener by training and an avid gardener for many decades; geeze, that sentence makes me sound really old, but, well, whatever. When people find out I’m a good gardener or they see my gardens they ask me … Continue reading

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N.J. Tree Foundation: Another Montclair, N.J. Public School Benefits!

Today was an exciting day in my gardening life! As a long-time gardener, Master Gardener and Montclair, N.J. public school volunteer, I’ve coordinated a number of beautification projects at our schools over the years. Montclair High School (MHS) is where … Continue reading

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