Meadow by the Lake

Connecticut meadow garden with native wildflowers; Larry Weiner Design

I absolutely love the sense of discovery that comes with exploring a garden with a camera.  I have learned to take it slow, to relish and be watchful, as every step changes how I see.  Every step could be a new picture.  Every step changes how the elements compose themselves. So a recent visit to see gardens[...]

After the Lawn: A Front Yard of Succulents

Gleason5, 1.15, 1 yr_2

Chris and John Gleason of San Diego did a brave thing: They tore out a perfectly fine front yard. Most people who want to save water merely let their lawns die and replace them with less thirsty plants. The Gleasons went several steps further. They got rid of a healthy ornamental plum tree and a privacy hedge that[...]

Benefits of Becoming An Essentialist In The Garden

Leonitus leonorus with Salvia

Are you a gardener who’s in a perpetual state of overwhelm? Do you constantly feel pressure to complete your never ending ‘to do’ list? Do you rarely feel like you’ve mastered anyone aspect of your garden or gardening skills? If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, don’t worry. You’re not[...]

Brooklyn Green Streets

Gardener's street sign, Hope,, Brooklyn

I didn’t expect to be taking garden photos when I visited my daughter in New York City, where she lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area – a “transitional” section of Brooklyn.  But for years Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been sponsoring The Greenest Street in Brooklyn as a neighborhood beautification program and it’s inspiring.  My camera phone[...]

Bulbils from a Bloomed-Out Agave

Agave bulbils

When young succulent horticulturist Matthew Wong, 11, visited, we cut down the bloom spike of my octopus agave and harvested bulbils. Octopus agave (Agave vilmoriniana) grows to about 4 feet in diameter and 5 feet tall. A “soft” agave, its leaves lack teeth and its tips come to a point but are not sharp. In[...]