These gray days remind me of life and gardening in Seattle. It took me a while to realize that people do stuff in drizzle, besides read the paper and take naps. Mowing grass in the rain, raking in the rain, putting out bulbs and seed in the rain. It’s a great time to garden…. This… Read More
Primarily, the goal of my recent road trip was to complete my interview with renowned garden designer Francis Parker. She’s taught me a lot in her garden and nursery since the 80s. A while back, her husband Milton read to me a history of their 1810 home on the point. Since we realized the original… Read More
Curator of Riverbanks pruning contorted mulberry. You can take the cut branches, right now, and stick them in the ground and they’ll root. Cutting woody plants back to the ground is called coppicing.
My great grandfather lived in this house called Gravel Hill. I guess they built it. They grew cotton — like lots of people in the South, owners, hands, gin operators, truck drivers, seedsmen, manure spreaders…… Cotton is a heavy feeder. That means, it pulls tons of minerals from the soil. It takes so much, that… Read More
Morning after the hurricane party and the excitement. Green light, made by sun coming through massive oak trees leaves; they’re all in the wrong places. Turn your head sideways but the light is and air is, still different. I remember chainsawing with my Daddy on top of little old ladies house, a tiny tar-paper house… Read More
Tom and I had the pleasure of going to this amazing, formerly private estate that’s been set up as a botanical garden. Elegant. Sublime. Designed with the spirit of the place. Fit into nature, Southern Highland Reserve is open once a month but you could see it on Nov. 12 for their very cool sounding… Read More
Dusk and a light rain. I’m on Sunday rounds, checking out weekend work; what got planted, moved, nailed, or tuned-up over the weekend of work. Someone left a beer in the cooler; still cold enough so I’ll sit and observe from a chair and indulge in a breakfast porter. Under my feet, protein. Tasty protein… Read More