Green Acre #37: Color Her Cool

January 11, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

them into stores. Pantone’s Greenery The same people who brought you the 1970s pestilence called avocado now present the color of the year: Greenery.  The yellow-green color of emerging ferns, it’s “a refreshing and revitalizing shade,” they say. “Greenery is symbolic…

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Green Acre #214: How Green Is My Garden

October 7, 2020

Nancy McKeon

…corner?” “The Bird of Paradise?” “Yeah. I like thinking I’m someplace else, the tropics, the bubbling water in the pond, it’s like being in another world. It’s so green.”  Green was pretty much it this year, the kwanzan cherry has…

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Green Acre #67: Green Grows My Garden

August 16, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…The aptly named Equisetum giganteum ‘El Tabacal‘ grows 10 feet tall. There are different shades of green, from bright to blackish. There’s the occasional burgundy and sometimes a bicolor, green and white. There are more than 11,000 varieties, give or…

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Green Acre #57: 10 Fast and Fabulous Tips . . .

June 7, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…come to roost (or whatever it is they do.) —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird Stephanie writes and writes and writes about gardens, real and imagined. To read earlier columns, type Green Acre into the Search box at the top of the page….

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Green Acre #341: Fake It to Make It

July 14, 2021

Nancy McKeon

…website says. Among the splendid blossoms are Japanese snowbells, Loebner magnolias, Mohawk viburnum and white crape myrtle. How lovely. Yeah, well. It was lovely and green the day they were wed. Oh, so green, so very green. There was not…

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Green Acre #155: Not a Garden but a Wrap

June 25, 2019

Nancy McKeon

…are the same pale green, a green with the softness of early spring, celery perhaps, or honeydew? Then you hang paintings or stack them against a wall, large and small and in between, splashes of color as vivid as a……

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Green Acre #169: Green With Envy

October 9, 2019

Nancy McKeon

…(genus trifolium). A member of the pea family, they come in shades of crimson and white. Being a legume, they convert nitrogen to fertilizer, practically eliminating the need for additional fertilization. They’re also drought- resistant, stay green in the heat…

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Green Acre #64: Garden Memories, If I Can Remember Them

July 26, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

Dappled sunlight, yes, but the Cavanaugh acreage is mostly a shady, shady place. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. WHAT ARE THESE green stalks coming out of the large terracotta pot on the back porch steps? I thought I’d emptied it…

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We're Springing for Green

March 16, 2021

Janet Kelly

last name. Neither one of us has much good to say about St. Patrick’s Day. But we both like green. Lucky thing that shades of green—from sea foam to lime to olive (aka army green) are going strong this spring. Even…

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Green Acre #154: Refuge at River Farm

June 19, 2019

Nancy McKeon

The historic farmhouse at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh. A green-roofed shed at River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia, headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. / Photo by Stephanie Cavanaugh….

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Green Acre #79: Grandiflora

November 15, 2017

Nancy McKeon

…a bathroom by a centipede, it made my skin crawl. But that’s another story. Just now flipping through it again … I need a shower. —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird “Stephanie Gardens” writes the Green Acre column every week. To read earlier…

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Green Acre #212: Loving Liriope

September 9, 2020

Nancy McKeon

…only charge $2.99.”  After all, what are mothers for? —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird “Stephanie Gardens” just loves the green stuff. Her Green Acre column appears every Thursday—except next week, when family invades and a good time is had by all.  …

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Green Acre #188: Real Green 'Toilet Paper'

March 18, 2020

Nancy McKeon

…seats, and are controlled by smartphones.  At $6,700 it’s like buying a $120,000 Tesla S to save on gas, but no toilet paper is needed at all.  —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird “Stephanie Gardens” acknowledges a preference for paper over greenery.  …

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Green Acre #76: Expanding the Definition of Gardening

October 25, 2017

Nancy McKeon

Stephanie Gardens, could probably use a little more adult supervision out in the garden, no? To read her earlier columns, some of which actually discuss real gardening, type Green Acre in the Search box at the top of the screen….

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Green Acre #58: Garden of Misery

June 14, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…Stephanie, when she’s not hunkered down in the slough of despond, writes about gardening hits and misses. You can read all her Green Acre columns by typing Green Acre into the Search field at the top of the page.  * I…

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Green Acre #50: Would You Hire Me . . .

April 19, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…this weekend and buying a plant, maybe two. —Stephanie Cavanaugh LittleBird Stephanie does keep writing about gardening; we just can’t stop her. To read previous columns, search for Green Acre in the Search box at the top of the screen….

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Green Acre #51: Scents of a Garden

April 26, 2017

stephanie cavanaugh

…the needs of each, and growing tips. The reading is almost as tasty as the sniffing. —Stephanie Cavanaugh  To read previous columns of our unstoppable urban gardener, search for Green Acre in the Search box at the top of the screen….

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Green Acre #226: Layers of Color, Layers of Life

January 13, 2021

Nancy McKeon

…and white and green flowered plates, with a centerpiece of mismatched pink and white and green Lusterware jugs and cups exploding with pink and white and green anemones, shiny bits and baubles echo the color, and silver candlesticks reflect it….

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