Tag: Johnny Jump Ups

Leave No Pot Unplanted

Late last week I made my first visit of the year to Anton’s, one of my favorite local nurseries. To say that they know me there is an understatement. In fact, in spring and summer I make so many appearances that the staff often remind me to punch in my time card.   What Anton’s …

A Carpet of Spring Flowers

Gardens should not show bare earth. This is a core belief of my gardening faith. A belief not quite as central as “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13), but a lot more important than “Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together” (Deuteronomy 22:10). By mid-June all my beds and borders reflect …

Violets: Love Them Or Hate Them?

It is the season when the Common Violets (Viola sororia Willd.) are blooming. People have a complicated relationship with wild violets. We see them as charming and petite wildflowers, but also as voracious invasive weeds. Personally, I think that violets are fine in their place, which is anywhere other than my flower beds. I welcome …