Software is great, but listening is better

We were glad to be featured in this article about the design process in Total Landscape Care this month.  Happy Vectorworks customer!

Workshop in Petworth coming soon!

Indoor & Outdoor Entertaining: Making Your Spaces Function & Flow
Tuesday, May 15 | 7-8:30pm
Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue NW) | Lower Level Meeting Room

We’re really looking forward to presenting with Amber Harris of At Home DC next month in Petworth to discuss how to create satisfying outdoor living spaces.  Too often, we think about gardens and landscaping as “stuff to look at” rather what it really is:  making inviting spaces where you want to spend time.  This talk will combine the design principles that Amber uses at At Home DC with Edamarie’s expertise in creating welcoming gardens.  We hope you will join us!


A garden is all about new beginnings

“I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,
If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,
If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun
And crocus fires are kindling one by one:
Sing robin, sing:
I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.”   

–  Christina Rossetti

By the end of March I’m eagerly looking for flower buds, pulling out seed packs and straining to hear bird songs.  The ancient Romans started the year in the month of March and that calendar orientation sure feels right as winter winds down.

A little while ago, folks from the software company we use for our desig ns reached out to ask if I’d interview for a blog post about women in landscaping.  Speaking with them, and later, with one of their colleagues, for a trade article on the same subject, reminded me of that moment, more than 10 years ago, that I decided to change careers, moving from teaching to landscaping.  Interestingly, it was in March that I committed to taking that leap.

Nature reminds us of spring’s promise that there are always opportunities for new beginnings.

Watching the resiliency of bulbs and buds as they push out new growth in freezing weather gives me the courage to break out of old patterns and the hope that comes with the opportunity to start fresh.  Over 50 now, I’m especially grateful to have this annual reminder that is never too late to begin to grow again.

Later today, if weather warms, I’ll be able to plant peas – a St. Patrick’s Day tradition.  In a few weeks, those seeds will be small plants.  And so, the adventure of this new garden year begins.

Hello new life.  Hello flowers budding in harsh winds.  Hello hope.

Planting peas for St. Patrick’s Day?  Here’s a link to some basics from Maryland’s Home and Garden information center.

Here it comes. Lesser Celandine

There have recently been increasing outbreaks in our area of a particularly pernicious weed, Lesser Celandine.  If you’ve visited Rock Creek Park, Northwest Branch, Sligo Creek or other urban stream areas in the last few weeks, you’ve likely seen this groundcover with the pretty yellow flowers.  But don’t let if fool you.  Lesser Celandine is an formidable competitor that’s a real challenge to manage, even garnering an “Invader of the Month” award from the Maryland Invasive Species Council.  

The good news:  While the early spring outbreaks are aggressive, they are short-lived.  In a few weeks, lesser celandine will recede and allow your other plants to come out.

The bad news:   Removing lesser celandine is difficult.  In addition to its wide spread once established, removing the plants entails fully digging out the roots.  Just cutting back the tops will not restrict its return.  Even for people inclined to use chemicals, there’s aren’t really any good options.

Your best option is to invest the time in spring to remove the weed and keep at it for a couple years.  Our crews have observed that a full removal in spring leads to about a 60% reduction in the return the following year and similar progress in years to follow.  Like any invasive, persistence is required but pays off in the long run. 

3 backyard makeovers that will inspire you to create a river friendly garden

In this article for the Potomac Conservancy, Backyard Bounty helps local homeowners find solutions for their gardens and clean water

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