Ramblings of a "New American" Gardener

After the tour

July 6, 2014


The Garden Conservancy Open Days tour last weekend (June 28) was a very pleasant day. Warm and sunny, with much lower humidity than last year.


Many visitors returned to see how the garden had changed. The attendance was slightly lower, really a good thing for me, because I had more time to talk and answer questions.


My neighbor, John Markowski, the Obsessive Neurotic Gardener. I think we’ll be on a local radio show together later this week.


















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Ewa July 6, 2014 at 2:24 pm

This is heaven?


James Golden July 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Once in a while.


Sarah July 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Hi James,

Looks like you had a good turnout and the garden was looking lusciously green!

I remember you commenting that you hoped to have the Fall GC Open Day pushed back to later in the season as you thought the garden had better color and interest then than in late October when it was open last year. Did you succeed?

And, by the way, I did start a blog…. Link is above if you’re curious.


James Golden July 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Hi, Sarah – yes, a good, friendly turnout. And a warm day with little humidity. I only pushed to Oct. 18 for this fall, but I think that will be okay. The autumn garden depends so much on the weather. I like your blog.


Diana Studer July 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Pam @ Digging has a post up – gardens are for people, take your garden pictures with people in.

Now I get a sense of scale in your garden. It, and many of your plants are HUGE.


James Golden July 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Yes, I like LARGE plants, but I always am surprised that people don’t see how large until I show the garden with people in it. I need to think about how to show scale.


Diana Studer July 7, 2014 at 4:46 am

If not people, then the chairs will also achieve the purpose with less distraction?


Benjamin Vogt July 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

See, now I’m bummed I didn’t make myself come over in early June. Looks fantastic.


James Golden July 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm

On your next trip to the east coast. You may be surprised. I intend to work out a some new planting areas to support insects and wildlife continuously throughout the season. The details in the Darke/Tallamy book have helped me realize I need to go about this more systematically. (But it has to be aesthetically pleasing. I don’t think those goals are mutually exclusive.)


Benjamin Vogt July 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive, either, James — especially not in a garden. I hope no one ever thinks that about me. Of course, aesthetically pleasing to you may be different than aesthetically pleasing to Suzy Johnson or Joe the Plummer.


Ross Hamilton July 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

The garden looks great, James, especially the now visible pond. The orange day lilies are also a pleasure. Ross


James Golden July 7, 2014 at 7:46 pm


I lined the bottom of the pond to prevent growth, but growth from the sides is obscuring over half its width. I need to put on waders and cut, cut, cut but I can’t face it. I love my wild daylilies even though daylily connaisseurs call them “ditch lilies.”


Amy Murphy July 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Please let us know if/when you’re on the radio. I will tune in.


James Golden July 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

It’s Wednesday at 7 pm. A small station, WDVR, in Seargentsville, NJ. I don’t know if you can get it over the web.


Cindy at enclos*ure July 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

If this is the station (89.7 FM?) — http://www.wdvrfm.org — they do stream. . . unfortunately, 7 p.m. is about 1 a.m. here in Rwanda.

The garden looks gorgeous!


James Golden July 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

I was wrong. It’s at 5 pm, only 11 pm in Rwanda. But don’t stay up!



Karen Anadol July 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Wonderful photos of your wondrous gardens! Again, my brain is so busy with new ideas inspired by your work.


James Golden July 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

Thanks, Karen. After the rains last week, everything popped into bloom. I’m posting on the change soon.


Shenna July 18, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment
(it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but
I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints
for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.


James Golden July 22, 2014 at 6:29 am

Not really. Other than to post frequently (don’t follow my example).


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