THE PAST Years ago (many years ago, pre-Muddy Boots) we would get calls in spring asking us to “turn over” the soil in the homeowners’ “planting beds”. “Turning over” soil meant laboriously digging up clods of soil and then pulverizing them with the point of a shovel. The areas to be turned over were patches […]
You probably have spaces in the living areas of your home that you would rather not think about. That narrow space between the refrigerator and wall. A closet where you throw all the junk as the guests are pulling up. Under the stove – yikes, I don’t even like to look at the dozen lint-covered […]
I had no idea that Everest Sedge is a supporter of China’s failed and discredited Cultural Revolution: Click here to follow link to Willowway Nursery1 We use this plant a lot, or as much as we can, given its limited availability. I always thought it was simply a very attractive, borderline hardy grass-like plant that […]
If you liked to draw on the driveway with chalk when you were a child, there’s an art festival for you in Victoria, BC. The art is not for sale, and it’s not hanging in wire cubicles lining the street. It’s painted on the street with chalk. The subjects aren’t spaceships or stick-legged monsters – […]
Let’s say you are Cosimo de’ Medici and you hire Donatello to paint your portrait. Several years later you decide your portrait would look better with a Snidley Whiplash mustache. Do you pull out a 15th century magic marker and draw it on? Do you e-mail Donatello and ask him to stop by and paint […]
I took this picture in southern Indiana in late October, while on a trip to visit my son at college. I was very, very amused by this blue wood chip mulch. I couldn’t wait to post this on the Muddy Boots blog page, and I was writing sarcastic comments on scraps of paper as I […]
The heat-loving summer flower pots are the main course. Early spring flower pots are the appetizers.
Does your front walkway resemble the Dead Marshes in The Lord of the Rings – that horrifying landscape that the hobbits (and one ex-hobbit) had to cross on their way to the fiery volcano?
There’s no mention of Rod Serling’s gardening/landscaping interests on Wikipedia, and I’m sure he was making another point, but I couldn’t help thinking of the famous Twilight Zone episode when I saw this squirrel tail grass. In “The Eye of the Beholder”, a woman undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries to correct a deformity. […]
This is an interesting question. Maybe not as weighty as Hamlet’s, but nevertheless interesting in the world of landscaping.