Plant Speed Date: Vinca minor

(Plant Speed Date is a series in which I attempt to introduce you, the reader, to as many plants as possible in a short period.) Hello, My Name Is: Vinca minor My Friends Call Me: Periwinkle, myrtle Turn ons: Medium to rich well-drained soil, average moisture, shade Turn offs: Full sun, being told to keep…More

I Have So Many Questions About This L.L. Bean Catalog Cover

I love L.L. Bean fall catalogs. There’s something cozy about them. The fall catalog I received this week, however, gets worse the longer I look at it: I have SO MANY QUESTIONS. First: Why is everything so CLEAN?? I’m not talking about the clothes. It’s a clothing ad. I expect the clothes to be clean.…More

Plants Your Cat Can Eat (If They Must)

I currently reside with two well-mannered, delightfully polite felines. They wash their faces after every meal. They never kick the litter out of the pan. They tastefully decline from chewing cords, scratching the furniture, or sampling my plants. And then there’s this gremlin. Pippa (for short) chews everything. Cords, bedding, pens, junk mail, important mail,…More