Viva Vita! (11-4)

From In Your Garden By Vita Sackville-West November 27, 1950 It is not easy to find flowers this time of year. November and December are the worst months. One has to fall back upon the berried plants, and among these I think the Cotoneaster rugosa Henryi is one of the best. It is a graceful grower, throwing out long, red-berried sprays,…

Getting My Hands Dirty (November)

With the end November comes also the end of the gardening season and subsequently both my ‘internship’ at Brooklyn Bridge Park and my weekly shifts at the Narrows Botanical Garden.

Viva Vita! (11-3)

From More For Your Garden By Vita Sackville-West November 22, 1953 The red leaves have nearly all gone now. The Liquidamber still retains some, in a variegation of red-and-green; they cling on for so long that they might be glued on. What an amazing sight this tree must be, in its native home of the Eastern United…

The Curious Gardener (November)

From The Curious Gardener By Anna Pavord On a stage one time with Sir Roy Strong and Natasha Spender, we were asked which designer of the past we would welcome to do a garden makeover on our own gardens. We we there discussing the garden as art, so it was an apposite question. As it…

Garden Blog of the Month

Not Another Gardening Blog Without question one of the best blogs I’ve come across this year. (Although it would be a lot easier to navigate if the ‘Insert More’ tag–ie. ‘continue reading’–was utilized for longer posts.) Enjoy!

Viva Vita! (11-2)

From Even More For Your Garden  By Vita Sackville-West November 15, 1956 When I was recently motoring abroad, I observed two hedgerow trees, one in France and one in Spain. They puzzled me. They both had a leaf suggesting a sorbus, more familiarly known to us as Whitebeam or as the Rowan or Mountain Ash, or as…

Keeping Current…

As part of my research for Gotham Garten & Guild  last month I  paid a visit to  The Battery Urban Farm in Battery Park. While my visit was seemingly post-harvest, there was still much to impress a discerning visitor such as myself. Historically I have been skeptical of urban farming as it often seems to me more…

Horticultural Face-Off

RAINER v KINGSBURY aka: MASS PLANTING  v  INTERMINGLED PLANTING Earlier this year I discovered Thomas Rainer’s blog Grounded Design. I was genuinely pleased to have made the find and promptly made it known in one of my own blog postings. Some months later, in May, Rainer wrote a truly erudite post about Noel Kingsbury in response…

Viva Vita! (11-1)

From In Your Garden Again By Vita Sackville-West November 3, 1952 How often I regret, as surely many ameteur gardeners must regret, that I did not know more about the elementary principles of gardening when I first embarked on this enticing but tricky pastime. How many mistakes I could have avoided, and how far smaller could have…