Shaping Plants of All Sizes. Part one of a series

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
I was pruning a few bonsai trees for a client. This task allows plenty of time for pondering and I got to thinking about the number of ways I apply bonsai techniques to other pruning situations. Pruning bonsai trees to maintain and enhance their shape One…

Tree forming-Landscaping from the inside out.

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
  Using Bonsai techniques to prune and shape overgrown shrubs and trees in the landscape.  I have always thought that a good landscape design should provide pleasing views from the inside out as well as just from the outside. A good landscape garden is a four…

D’Ann’s Garden—Raised beds with brick borders to grow perennials

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
My friend D’Ann loves gardening. She is good at it too, and she doesn’t mind getting a little dirt under her fingernails. I had built some raised beds for her back yard a few years ago and was impressed with the way in which she planted…

Finding My Voice Through “Quotes and Notes”

In case you need to know where the “quotes and notes” came from, here is the explanation. Recently, throughout the fall and winter, I have seen some interesting changes in my writing life. I have been finding my voice. As you may know, a couple of years ago I lost my vocal cords to a […]

Deadheading and pruning hydrangeas in January

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
I wrote this article about pruning and dead heading hydrangeas a while back. The information still holds true. This is one of my most asked about subjects. Enjoy! John A rare beautiful January day found us preparing some new flower beds for Ms. Marion, who most…

Bubba the Squirrel Trainer

Originally posted on Johntheplantman's stories, musings, and gardening.:
Bubba The Squirrel Trainer  Morning coffee conversations with my redneck friend Bubba give me a lot of things to think about.  I like to share these stories and observations on occasion. Bubba comes to my “office” for coffee about three mornings a week. He usually shows…