Gardening Articles 2008

What will the year 2008 bring to my garden? How many new ideas will I get, and how many new things will I have to say? I'm sure there will be heaps.

The 2008 gardening articles are promised to be many and varied. Like the plants in my garden, some will be rosy, some will be flowery and colourful, some may even be weedy. Some may not be all that original, but that's gardening for you!

Yippee for YellowYippee for Yellow...
Different months make different colour statements in my garden - early spring is lemon and blue, like a country cafe. Later in spring everything warms up and turns pink. By December, mid-summer, the garden has a golden yellow sun-tan.
Roses AnonymousRoses Anonymous...
A rose-loving gardener can never have too many roses. They can, however, if they're not meticulously careful, end up with far too many roses that are anonymous. There are many reasons for this sorry state...
Big Bearded Iris CompetitionBig Bearded Iris Competition...
A Big Bearded Iris Competition - what a good idea! The pastels versus the deeply smouldering shades - this will be a battle of light against dark in the late spring garden.
Super SeptemberSuper September...
It's the very last day of springy, super September - what a brilliant month! Birthdays, weddings, blossom, daffodils, new garden expansions and make-overs, the spring equinox... September 2008 has had everything, including the kitchen sink!
WorldWorld's Best Wheelbarrow...
My most favourite birthday present has been my garden wheelbarrow. I might have had had more romantic gifts, and more expensive - but none more useful. Green, plastic, mass-produced, much cherished - the best wheelbarrow in the whole gardening world!
Rose Magic - From Stalk to ShrubRose Magic - From Stalk to Shrub...
Wheelbarrowfuls of imagination are needed in winter when contemplating a severely pruned rose. How can three stalks possibly grow into the beautiful, romantic queen of shrubs? There's definitely some natural rose magic afoot!
Purchasing Plants - How Gardeners ShopPurchasing Plants - How Gardeners Shop...
There's nothing more revealing than a gardener's plant purchasing spree. Shopping behaviour is a serious reflection of character, and defines ones garden style - or lack of it!
Mid-Winter MagicMid-Winter Magic...
Mid-Winter's Day - the shortest gardening day of the year. To continue a Moosey tradition, I'm filling my Winter Solstice Report with the most colourful, magical garden images I can find to photograph. All guaranteed taken on this very day. Brr...
A Foliage FixA Foliage Fix...
I'm in serious foliage trouble. The Birthday Rose Garden desperately needs a texture top-up. It needs some foliage. A box hedge? Green and/or black Mondo grass? Swathes of Bergenias? I'm in a complete designer dither.
A Good Red...A Good Red......
A good red? This isn't just a strictly-gardening site - pets and places do get a mention, and occasionally food, after a long day digging. But a 'good red'? There's only one vintage of good red on the menu - a good red autumn leaf!
Autumn Plant SalesAutumn Plant Sales...
It's the plant nursery autumn sale season, and I am planning a large spending spree. There are two big sales to visit over the Easter weekend - I've been looking forward to them for months.
Travel - or Garden?Travel - or Garden?...
Collapsed on the couch after a hard day's gardening, I've been escaping into some travel reading. Intrepid old-lady cyclists, male Amazon rafters, and so on. Wow! Much more entertaining than garden books, particularly after five long hours weeding...
Late Summer RosesLate Summer Roses...
My roses are beautiful in November - that's late spring in my garden. But the flower colours are deeper and their garden contribution much more appreciated in March, my late summer.
A Positively Messy GardenA Positively Messy Garden...
The Moosey team (that's me, by the way, at the moment in sole charge of weeding, watering and webbing) has been asked to contribute some photographs to a Canadian production. I love the Moosey garden images to be recycled, so naturally I've said yes.
Cleaning Up After TreesCleaning Up After Trees...
Trees can loom large in gardens, and garden partnerships. Often one wants the trees to stay standing up, while the other wants them shortened, or felled. There's a strong relationship between sublime inner happiness and large trees blocking the winter sunshine...
Gardening ListsGardening Lists...
Who needs a list to be well-organised in the garden? Or to sit down at the end of the day and feel a sense of accomplishment? Hello! We gardeners are so deeply in tune with the songs and rhythms of nature. We know exactly what need to be done...