What’s that? A non-indigenous aquatic species

No, it’s not swimming, but it sure is on the move.I’ve recently heard interviewers ask experts, particularly with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic: “What keeps you awake at night?” or, “What do you worry about at 3:00 o’clock in the morning?” The question could well apply to gardening, too, and asked of any gardener. What […]

Azaleas: Color to cure the coronavirus blues

As we contemplate an uncertain future amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is certain and comforting: The spring and summer flowering of one of the most stunning garden shrubs of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions — azaleas.May may be the best time to see the amazing display of colorful azalea bushes that grace our gardens. […]

Make a moss garden: No digging required

Not long ago, I wrote about moss – how it had proliferated in the County since last year’s very wet spring and how some civilizations admired the tiny plant so much they devoted entire gardens to it.This spring, as the unusually wet weather seems to be recurring, patches of moss which appeared in my yard […]

Normandy woman creates garden like a painting come to life

Once upon a time, the stunning garden I want to tell you about was an orchard in a farming village in northern France. Apple trees, luxuriant green grass and wild flowers grew there. Far enough from the city that the dominant sounds heard were garden birds singing, roosters crowing and hens clucking, the village probably […]

Gardening in Northern France

The next few columns will focus on gardeners and their gardening secrets in a place far from the Eastern Shore – Upper Normandy, an area well north of the Normandy Beaches of World War II that so many people associate with Normandy. This part of France is a land of high cliffs, split by long, […]