Author Archives: Kristin Green

Garden notes bring order to the march of time

I can hardly believe it’s a new year already. It feels like mere days rather than twelve months since I waxed rhapsodic about visiting greenhouses and using candlelight to cozy winter’s dark nights. And I remember bemoaning the lateness of spring as if summer never happened. Time seems to stretch in winter like a rubber


Down to Earth: Holiday houseplants

A friend who spends part of every fall in an 80º greenhouse caring for a legion of poinsettia plants, recently wondered aloud, “Why?” Why is this persnickety tropical shrub, with giant bracts masquerading as flowers, inextricably tied to Christmas? Why does everyone in climates like this one, insist on risking this plant’s life and raison

Make the season ‘slow’

I’m going to bet that most of you have heard of the Slow Food Movement by now. Almost everyone I know has made a conscious shift away from processed “fast” food to sustainable, locally grown whole-food sources. We’re eager to reap the health benefits and do our part for the environment too. But if you

A sunny, dry summer catches up with the garden

I lived in blissful denial for most of the summer, thinking that our periodic rain showers, always overnight or when I needed to go back inside and clean the kitchen, were making a dent. They were not, though the amalgam of plants that constitute my lawn stayed green through August. We are nowhere near as

Welcoming the late-blooming blues

By Kristin Green Since the first witch hazel flower unfurled and crocus poked out of the ground last winter I haven’t for one minute been bored with my garden. I’ve been frustrated by it, challenged, thwarted, and enthralled by turns. It has given me plenty to fuss over, weed out, wish for, and has taught

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