THE LECTURE that he’s been giving for a number of years is not-so-subtly called “Kill Your Lawn.” Ecological horticulturist Dan Jaffe Wilder knows that starting over and creating an entire native habitat instead of a lawn isn’t for everyone. But Dan just wants to grab our attention and get us to start to make some changes at least in the way we care for the turfgrass we do want in our landscapes. And maybe give up a little square footage of it to some other kind of more diverse planting, too, like the wild strawberries (Fragaria virginiana, inset). Alternative, more eco-focused styles of lawn care, along with some lawn alternatives is what he and I talked about on the podcast. Dan is Director of Applied Ecology at Norcross Wildlife Foundation in Wales, Massachusetts, and its 8,000-acre sanctuary. He’s also co-author with Mark Richardson of the book “Native Plants for New England Gardens.”
Oh, too funny. Talk about close to the bone…
You know it is spring when that is what happens when you go to get toothpaste, I would have come home with 50 or more plants good for you for showing some control.
And the problem is …??? ;-)
Oh! this made me chuckle Margaret and then I read Yolands’s comment – I do agree.
Best wishes Sylvia (England)
PS I didn’t get any frog food!
That seems almost restrained by my standards – I guess they were out of gardening gloves and pots.
Welcome to Sylvia and Donalyn.
Yes, Sylvia, Yolanda’s comment is precisely how I react. And so? And Donalyn, apparently I needn’t tell you how many pairs of gloves I have in the back cupboard (that I never wear but simple cannot resist) and the entire shed here that is devoted to winter pot storage. Ahem.
I think what set off Andre was the frog food, since he knows full well that my frogs eat plenty without any help from me (as you can see in this photo I took, if you have a strong stomach). I just should not have told him I spent money on frog food.
3 weeks ago my wife and I went to the shops to buy popcorn and came back with a house we liked – so we rang the agent and she said we couldn’t have that one but she did have more houses so we went to look and now we are buying one.
All we did was go to the shops for popcorn.
I have thus far resisted drawing ‘ideas for how our garden will look and very important things we will need to buy ‘ flowcharts.
*notes gardening glove fetish* …. returns to packing kitchen utensils into boxes ready for movers
*notes delightful but slightly offkilter photo series by pot who calls kettle black* …. returns to fixing broken migrated blog pages, a task that shall never end, thereby preventing gardening or garden-shopping forever.
Me to a T! Brilliant Andre!
i adore this. perhaps because i did nearly the identical thing this morning.
Welcome, Wide Open Spaces. But here’s the question: Did YOU buy frog food? :) Hope we see you soon again.
27? Feh. Amateur-status-garden-shopping is what I call that. Where are the trees?
Falling off my chair laughing! Because, this is what my HUSBAND does regularly, and I am the gardener of the fam. I routinely make fun of him on my blog. Every time I hand over the credit card to run to the grocery or hardware store, I have to admonish him “DO NOT BUY PLANTS.” Mainly because he buys one of about fifty different things, and then I have to figure out where to put them.
PLus, I am a little bit of a control freak in the garden. I love the doodles. Keep ’em coming!
Welcome, Katie. Thanks for sharing the story of the compulsive shopper in your midst. (That’s it, blame the other guy. Tee hee.) See you soon again, I hope.
yesterday my wife and I went to the shop to buy some Bustelo coffee and nearly came home with a brown 1975 mustang. (We had to use all of our will power not to buy it).
This morning as I sit here drinking my coffee I am trying very hard to to think about the Mustang. Instead I am thinking about lawn mowers.
Very cute drawing and words that would make a nice notecard. If we don’t laugh at ourselves we miss out, since a merry heart is the best medicine.