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Last week was eggs. This week is flowers.

While the warm season grasses rise above last year’s stubble and the trees are beginning to leaf out in earnest, all of the ground layer of plants are grabbing sunshine while they can. The meadow is sporting blue eyed grass … Continue reading

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Chesapeake Bay Landscape Pro Level D!

I’m pleased to be able to announce that I have now been certified as a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Pro Designer – that is, I now carry a CBLP-D!  This is a distinct, more stringent certification from the entry level CBLP … Continue reading

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I have this circular, seasonal calendar on the wall in my living room, and recently I moved it to the quadrant depicting a nest with eggs.  This time of year, everything is busy procreating – my chickens are popping out … Continue reading

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Garden year opens, 2017

Even more than the first harvest, the planting of the first seeds of the year brings me great satisfaction. Seeds are such magical things – not only are they so tiny a beginning for plants that will eventually fill the … Continue reading

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Cool season

The other morning, it was 24F in my corner of the world, the second or third frosty morning in a row. The little garden behind my house – the one visible from the kitchen window, and called the winter garden … Continue reading

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New Certification!

I’m pleased to announce that I am now a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Pro! The program involves a rigorous series of practicums (practica?) and testing, and emphasizes a dedication to sustainable landscape design. So, what is sustainable landscape design, and … Continue reading

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Just a Step to the [South]

Hang onto your hats, Central Virginia folks! The weather’s weird this year, weirder than it’s been in a while. Thanks to accelerating climate change, it’s likely to continue being weird for the foreseeable future. So, you may ask—why should you … Continue reading

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Hornworms to the left of me, hornworms to the right–the carnage was everywhere. Tomato plants raised denuded stumps to the sky, crying out for help. Frass littered the scene. I surveyed the terrain and struck! One hornworm. Two. Three, four, … Continue reading

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A word of warning

Found my first tick today.  We did a series in the Virginia Society of Landscape Designers’ newsletter a couple of years ago, exploring tick diseases and treatment and the potentially catastrophic consequences if you become infected and it isn’t treated. … Continue reading

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Do you speak for the trees?

If so, and if you happen to live within commuting distance of Baltimore, Maryland (and assuming you are of a certain generation that gets the central reference here), you might be interested to know that Blue Water Baltimore is looking … Continue reading

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