As late summer nears, the days are getting a little shorter and mercifully a little cooler (is that wishful thinking?) Along with an abundance of mosquitos and tomatoes, it's the time of year for... More »
For a while I've had an ambivalent relationship with annuals; one shot wonders whose bright flowers grace gas station planters, mall entrances, and median strips all summer long. Plants like mari... More »
The scramble of spring and early summer pruning and planting are behind us, and the next few months in the garden are primarily devoted to the tedious tasks of maintenance; mainly weeding and dragging... More »
A few months ago a reader asked me to write about gardening on a slope, which I had every intention of doing before now.
For better or worse, dealing with a steep piece of ground is a topic I have so... More »
Early flowering shrubs are what makes springtime in Philly so magical. For a few short weeks our area is lush with the blooms of spirea, lilac, viburnum, mock orange, forsythia, and ornamental quince.... More »
Last week we saw the first swooping dart of the hummingbird careening around the yard, then pausing in mid-flight, looking for something to eat.
There wasn't much forage in the way of flowers, s... More »
Nicole Juday started gardening when she became the owner of an overgrown yard and realized she didn’t know the names of anything growing in it. A desire to learn the basics of gardening eventually led to a career change, and the has worked in the horticultural field for more than a decade. Today she keeps chickens and bees, grows a lot of flowers, and writes and speaks about gardening and natural history. See what else she’s up to at www.nicolejuday.com.