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Archive - Nov 2012


November 5th

Pruning with Purpose

Garden Spot



Art in The Ciy

Artist Profile: Robert Tolar

Art “was a natural thing for him,” his twin sister, Sarah Tolar, told me. Robert Tolar, 1941-2012, was one of those kids who was always making things, elegant things. When Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, Robert made an exacting copy of her ornate coach out of balsa wood, giving it all the gilt and glamor of the original.

He painted eggs elaborately and built towers for them, researching Egyptian and Greek architecture for authenticity.

Dear Garden Problem Lady

Which of the following should I cut back in the autumn? Hydrangea, roses, peonies, New England asters. lavender, thyme. rosemary, zinnias.

Cut back peonies. Their leaves fade and rot. Cut back roses to about a foot. They need protection from winter winds. Leave the hydrangea, the asters and the annuals – for winter beauty, and for the birds. As for herbs, there seems to be a consensus that it is wiser to leave them unpruned until their new growth starts in the spring. Then remove any dead branches.

Presidents on Capitol Hill

Presidents on Capitol Hill

A Simple Bench in King’s Court Community Garden

The Hill Gardener


E on DC