Keeping Current…

The National Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STREETS. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis. The Tree Benefit Calculator…

Rosemary Rules!

Excerpted from The Garden in Winter By Rosemary Verey A Plea A GARDEN IN WINTER is the absolute test of the true gardener. If your garden looks good in winter, you belong to a select band capable of bending nature to its will. If you master the worst that winter can throw at you–ice, snow,…

In Progress…

Big League Trees is the title of my latest series now showing @ wallflower 3000.

The Curious Gardener (December)

From The Curious Gardener By Anna Pavord There’s no better time than winter to assess whether the lines you’ve drawn to divide up spaces in the garden are the right lines and whether they are sufficiently bold. Wandering round Florence over Christmas made me doubly aware of this. The landscapes and gardens there are superb…

What Does It Mean?

CESPITOSE ces·pi·tose / adj.: cespitose / forming mats or growing in dense tufts or clumps without creeping stems. According to Kingbury & Oudolf they are “often described as bunch grasses in the US. They form very tight clumps, which tend not to increase once they have reached a certain size. They have a distinct shape: narrow at…

Viva Vita! (Postscript) / Rosemary Rules! (Intro)

Anyone visiting this blog for the first time is likely to notice at least one frequently recurring title category: Viva Vita! From 1946 to 1961, Vita Sackville-West wrote a gardening column for London’s Observer newspaper. While she was an accomplished gardener in her own right–having achieved a certain notoriety for her creations at Sissinghurst Castle, where…