Category: January

January – Orchard Mason Bees

blue orchard mason bee

I was cleaning out the little back porch where outdoor cushions, a tent put out to air, tools, fertilizers, water guns, etc. had accumulated and I ran across an orchard mason bee house my husband had given me. “Ha!” I…


January – Pyracantha coccinea

pyracantha on a fence

I don’t much like Pyracantha, they’re stiff and they aren’t called fire thorn for nothing – which you’ll probably find out if you try to prune a Pyracantha – but wow, they do make for great espaliers. Although I’m not…


January – PLANT UPDATE – Mahonia x media

Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies'

Here’s clearly an old, old ‘Arthur Menzies’ at the Washington Park Arboretum. It has fabulous form and in mid-December was still in bud – albeit in a fair amount of shade. The big shocker is the bark – definitely worth…


January – edible gardening

raised beds

Although ornamental gardening is my passion, I have grown vegetables of one sort or another (with often less than stellar success) for 25 years. My typical laissez-faire gardening style is not well-suited to most vegetables, which generally need a consistent…


January – Fabulous trashcan screen

trash screen

Trashcans, recycling bins, yardwaste containers – they often are tucked away in the garage but equally as often they sit out, theoretically blighting the landscape although we’ve become so inured to the sight of them that we often don’t see…


PLANT UPDATE – January, Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica. It blooms and blooms and blooms and then it is dead. Not actually dead but dormant and of an ugliness surpassed by few plants that haven’t been badly pruned. The moral of course, is to plant Fuchsia magellanica…


PLANT UPDATE – Cornus kousa

Cornus kousa

Slender and lacy, the winter silhouette of this Cornus kousa is so lightweight it barely shows in this photo. The original post on Cornus kousa in November when it was strutting its autumnal colors can be found here. In a…