A Witch’s Garden Spring 2012

I’ve been gardening every year since the eighties, but this has got to be the best garden I’ve ever had. Everything is coming up so vigorously and lushly. These are generally perennials, plants that spend the winter below ground, holding themselves back until the days start getting longer. I’ve always done better with perennials than […]

Potting up the cold stratified seeds

The time has come for all those seeds I cold stratified this winter to actually get their feet dirty. I’ve only had a few seeds so far that appear to have been DOA: melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum)–should I say I am melancholy about this failure?– Coreopsis tripteris (I think these were too old), and black […]

Late Harvest & Spring Plans

This Thanksgiving I spent some time cleaning seeds I grew this year: gold-leaf feverfew, jasmine tobacco, wild tobacco, variegated nicandra, purple morning glory, Ocean Dawn Japanese morning glory, and wild white petunia. Unfortunately, the white petunias didn’t make many flowers this year and so I have very few seeds and will have to try again […]