Rosemary adds a dramatic aspect to the garden.



Fri, Jul 29, 2011 


Annuals or perennials?

It’s one of those oft-asked, top 10 questions gardeners get from friends and neighbors: “What’s the difference between annuals and perennials?” For those who are launching into a garden project, it’s right up there with “What kinds of plants should I buy for my garden – annuals or perennials?”

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Spring is in the air

With spring in the air, this is the time of year I like to get out and do some garden exploring to see what perennials are coming up.

A cottage walkway

My cottage needs a front walkway, and I foresee a curving path of irregularly shaped slate pavers flanked by some lush ground cover, interspersed with tiny seasonal bulbs and English daisies.

Spring's just around the corner

Ah, spring! Well, almost.

Planning for spring

Gardening in winter is not for the timid.

Dear Santa

Thank you so much for all the wonderful gardening gifts you left under the tree last year.

In the garden

Cheery crocus in the yard is a classic sign of spring, but imagine a clump of orchids in your rock garden in the middle of March.


It happens every six to 11 years.

Beat the heat

Those hot lethargic days of late summer are here: the hanging baskets and pots of colorful annuals are looking like they stayed out way too late at the weekend beach party.

A colorful cottage garden

It should be a colorful summer in my cottage garden this year - the shabby old rose garden is gone and replanted with healthy, freely-flowering hydrangeas.

Weeds, weeds, weeds ...

Weeds, weeds, weeds ... it is difficult to keep up at this time of year.

In the Garden

As the ground begins to warm up and blossoms are everywhere, the Point starts to buzz again with arrival of cottagers and the opening up of their summer Shangri-las.

In the Garden

Right now in my cottage garden, food is still growing in the veggie patch.

Winter gardening

Recently, a Garden Club member asked for advice on winter vegetable gardening.

A letter to Santa

Dear Santa: You know that I enjoy unwrapping gifts beneath the tree, but this year I have an unusual request.

Cooking with winter vegetables

I suspect every gardener heaves a little sigh of relief around this time of year as the last of the gardening tools are hung up in the shed for the winter.

Autumn a perfect time to consider changing a garden

Composting keeps waste out of the landfill

People often ask me about composting and how to do it, so I thought that I'd take some time to share my thoughts on the matter.

A tour of Point Roberts' gardens

Visiting other people’s gardens has its many pleasures; not least of which is that you can indulge in all the visual and sensory delight they offer without the accompanying work!

Exploring summer's gardens

Summer is finally here! A springtime spent mulching, feeding and pruning grew a bounty of plant material in my little garden. The lushness can be truly overwhelming but must be dealt with, and it’s luxurious to have such a long list of garden chores.

Poorly behaved plants make horrible neighbors

With my garden springing to life, my thoughts have turned to things I wish I had never planted. Each gardener’s hate list is personal, and each of us should put some thought into what we might regret before we introduce a plant to our gardens. My personal blacklist is headed by plants that are not well-behaved.