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Category: LadyGardener
06 Nov
2019

You Made Your Bed…

You made your bed, now grow some pretty fall flowers in it! The same flower beds that supported all those fabulous spring and summer blossoms can keep your landscape from being drab and boring this fall and winter. It’s not too late to plant some color for the new season, but hurry. The days are..

04 Nov
2019

What the Hellstrip?

Horticulturist Lauren Spring Ogden was spot on back in the 90s when she coined the term “hellstrip” to describe the trampled-on, stepped-over, parched, neglected, unsightly, unspoken-for, dog-potty strips of land between the sidewalks and the street curbs. Since then, the garden-minded among us have been quietly crusading for better treatment of these slivers of earth..

30 Oct
2019

Small Fall Native Trees

Aah…Beautiful autumn in Northeast Georgia. As I’m out and about these days, I’m thinking about how so much of the splendid fall color we see is from the big native trees…in the big-picture landscapes. You know, national forest lands and public parks, undeveloped rural acreage along the highways and mature, old-growth neighborhoods (not the people,..

25 Oct
2019

Goosed Up Lake House

We’d all love to have the perfect home with the perfect view. But in real life, most of us have to make compromises. Dream house, but not on the beach. Mountain view, but we wanted a ranch. One Dahlonega couple, who plans to retire in Hiawassee eventually, found the extraordinary view they longed for there—along..

09 Oct
2019

Fall for Foodscaping

A few months ago, I wrote about foodscaping, an exciting gardening philosophy that I’ve been putting into practice in my own gardens and for some of our clients. ( Eat My Garden! July 24, 2019) Foodscaping is simply integrating edible plants, like vegetables, fruits and herbs, into traditional, ornamental garden design. With the clock ticking..

09 Oct
2019

The Hopeful Hemlock

Are you familiar with the Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)? I hope so, because that means the tireless work of a whole lot of North Georgia volunteers is paying off in increased awareness of the tree’s beauty and value—and of the plight that is threatening its survival. If you’ve hiked the slopes, ridges and ravines of..

02 Oct
2019

Fall To-Do….Or Not

Avid gardeners and piddlers, alike, know there are plenty of chores to busy ourselves with in the autumn months—in case we’re not busy enough already. You know, tidying up, maintaining tools, organizing and planning. But today, I’m going to focus on what I believe are the two most important things you should be doing right..

17 Sep
2019

Sunny Slide Up

Visiting David and Ki’s home in Gainesville was like dropping in on summer camp. Kids everywhere! Their own, some on loan (foster children), their friends’ children… And why not? In keeping with the kid-friendly attitudes, they’d had a swimming pool built to create a fairy tale back yard. The kids were especially delighted to find..

04 Sep
2019

Welcome our new associates: Dave, Johnathan and Robin

We are really, really fortunate to have an awesome group of people working with us. Dave comes to us with over 35 years of landscaping experience. Johnathan has a wealth of knowledge in construction and concrete and is from Dahlonega. Last year, Robin left us for a few months but she is back and we..