The Middlebury Landscape

March 21, 2012

Season Creep

Filed under: Blooms,Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 6:42 pm  Tagged , , , ,

Everybody has their own phenologies, their own timing of spring. First day the snow shovels get put away (unused in my driveway at all this year, I might add), first day of working without long johns on, or maybe the first day of wearing shorts. I’ve always dreamed as a horticulturist of keeping a journal, […]

October 2, 2011

Seven Son Flower

Filed under: Blooms,Trees — Tim Parsons @ 11:13 am  Tagged , , ,

I don’t know if I’m a lazy, slothful gardener, or just a brutally honest one, but either way I’m hoping for a hard frost pretty soon. I’m tired. My garden is tired. A good significant freeze, a cleaning of the summer slate, an official change of the seasons, that’s what I need. Given my perennial […]

August 22, 2011


Filed under: Blooms,Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 5:43 am  Tagged , ,

Memories of first loves can sneak up, then slam into the consciousness, triggered, perhaps by the sound of a song in a car at a stop light, the sight of a certain color hair, or, most strongly, a scent slipping into your brain upbiden. For me, smell. Summersweet may well be my first plant love. The unique […]

August 1, 2011

Annuals in the Landscape

Filed under: Annuals — Tim Parsons @ 5:49 am  Tagged ,

A couple of months ago I’d found myself up in Burlington. I’d been planting some of the flower beds on campus, so annuals were on my mind. We (miraculously) got a place to park right outside the store, and I jump out. Looking towards the road, I see an abomination of an annual planting, one […]

April 18, 2011

Pussy Willow

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 5:38 am  Tagged , ,

Ask 20 gardeners, and you’ll get 40 or more answers on what they consider signs of spring. One of the most common answers, though, will probably be Pussy Willow. Salix, the Willow family, claims more than 400 members, with a range from the tropics all the way up to being the last woody plant before […]

January 9, 2011

Annual Review

Filed under: Annuals — Tim Parsons @ 11:37 am  Tagged ,

Regular blog readers (all four of you or so) probably don’t realize I can read about you as well. Through the wonders of an add-in on the blog called Blog Stats, I can see not only how many people are reading pages on this blog, but what pages they are hitting. It can be kinda […]

October 24, 2010

Shade Plantings, and a new Service Building look

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 2:58 pm  Tagged , ,

Landscape books often write about shade as a “problem”, or give chapters on “solutions” for shady locations. I think that’s crazy talk. Shade plantings require a slightly different mindset, like stepping two feet to the left and looking at the world slightly skewed. Full sun is luxuriant-throw anything in there, and it’s bound to look […]

September 7, 2010

New Planting for Pearson Hall

Filed under: Landscape — Tim Parsons @ 7:48 pm  Tagged , ,

One of my frequent failings in landscaping is my overall excitement when starting a job, especially here at Middlebury. So much of the work we do in the department for new plantings is ripping out large, overgrown, outdated landscape shrubs. Crank up the chainsaw, get the backhoe in position, and dive right in. The failing? […]

May 31, 2010

Black Locust

Filed under: Trees — Tim Parsons @ 5:10 pm  Tagged ,

There is an area of campus called Stewart Woods-it’s south of Stewart Hall, on the other side of the road, next to the graveyard. Our department mows underneath the trees, forming a beautiful little grove next to the road. The trees are black locust, Robinia pseudoacacia, and are in full bloom right now. A favorite […]

May 9, 2010

Some things in bloom

Filed under: Blooms — Tim Parsons @ 6:36 pm  Tagged

It’s mother’s day, it’s snowing outside, and I’m blogging in front of my woodstove writing of plants in bloom. Go figure. Fothergilla is in bloom right now. A great native shrub, I’ve raved about this in several fall postings, and the blooms are nice this time of year as well.    A dwarf golden yew […]

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