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Hydrangeas Demystified

We’ve had such a beautiful stretch of weather lately, still summery but foreshadowing fall, and I feel renewed and refreshed enough to do some ambitious gardening again. This is a great time for planting perennials and flowering shrubs, the warm days and cooler nights perfect...

Weeding is Fundamental

Yes Gentle Readers, I’m back to writing again after a hectic opening season and several off-site sales that are always fun but a lot of work hauling plants, setting up and bringing everything that didn’t sell back to the nursery. But it’s great to get...

Just Around the Corner…

Brooks are burbling, birds are babbling and buds are breaking here in the Hudson Valley, so spring is imminent in spite of lingering winter weather. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be opening for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 15th, so stop in, say...

Joys of the Glacé Garden

January’s been awfully grey and gloomy, with some warmish periods that seemed almost like March, but we’re once again under snow cover and back to somewhat normal winter temps, keeping plants properly dormant and protected from frigid wind. For gardeners this is the time for...

Sunshine Solstice

Hey, betcha thought a Pondside post in late December would be all hollyberries, evergreens and ho ho ho, right? Well ha ha ha, I’m feeling the Winter Solstice and yearning for yellow as a reminder that sunlight hours will now start, ever so gradually, to...

Ending the Season with Many Thanks

We’ve been officially closed for several days now, and this week seems an appropriate one to relay our appreciation for another successful year at Pondside. Our customers, of course, are what make our success possible, and we try never to lose sight of that fact....

Cool it Down with Summer Whites

Yes, Gentle Readers, it’s been a very hot summer with record temperatures and less than average rainfall, coming on the heels of an almost snowless winter. Ground water is depleted and gardeners as well as plants are feeling stressed, tired and wilted. But we soldier...

Malus Aforethought

Confession:  I never cared much about Crabapples, neither liking nor disliking them to any great degree. They were another spring flowering tree commonly seen on neighborhood front lawns, like Dogwoods and Redbuds. Pretty, but nothing remarkable. Then I inherited one at the house I bought....

Early Pleasures and Treasures: A Quiz

After a wild ride weatherwise last week, things look to be settling down. There’s a haze of green spreading through the woods and we’re about to get into the really exciting part of the spring at last. Just for fun, test yourself on these plants...

Welcome Spring

Our Opening Day Open House is Saturday, April 2nd! The new greenhouse is filling up with beautiful plants and, call me weird, but it smells just delicious. Not the scent of flowers, but that warming damp earth smell that really signals the beginning of a...