Author archives: P. Allen Smith

Story of Daffodil Hill

•••
Daffodils are my most beloved harbingers of spring. I love these cheery flowers so much, I’ve planted hundreds of thousands of the narcissus bulbs over the years at Moss Mountain Farm. I tend to go overboard with daffodils —and for good reason. The bright yellow beauties inspire me because so few flowers are as resilient. They’re so carefree and one of the f[...]

How to Make a Terrarium With P. Allen Smith

•••
As temperatures cool, I turn my attention to the many ways I can enjoy the garden indoors. Houseplants are a popular option, but if you are like me, my woeful neglect of the plants often leads to their quick demise. I suppose that is why I am so excited about terrariums. These houseplant arrangements are simple to assemble and the best news is that they will[...]

DIY Decorated Terra Cotta Pots from P. Allen Smith

•••
When it comes to container plantings, I like to get creative with the plants and play with colors and textures. I’m a huge fan of terra cotta pots and have them all over the farm and house. But, I love the idea of re-imagining them into something fun and whimsical. Here are the step-by-step instructions to recreate these looks. DIY Decorated Terra Cotta Pot[...]

Winter is for Planning: Basic Principles of Garden Design

•••
Winter is the perfect time to reflect on the successes and mistakes of the previous year. Once you’ve finished pondering your wins and losses — ideally with a slice of pie and hot coffee in your hand —it’s time to plan for the future. I love to do that by thinking about garden design. Take a bird’s-eye view of your garden and assess its potential. Are you ma[...]

Recipe: Orange Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with P. Allen Smith

•••
These orange-flavored yeast rolls that are filled with cinnamon and pecans and topped with a citrus glaze are the perfect way to start the day. Orange Glazed Cinnamon Rolls Ingredients Roll Ingredients 2 envelopes dry yeast 1 cup warm water 3 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons shortening 1 egg 3/4 teaspoon salt 3 cups to 3 1/2 cups all[...]

Recipe: Artichoke Asparagus Breakfast Bake from P. Allen Smith

•••
Growing asparagus requires a little patience at first, but you can reap the benefits of its harvest for years afterward! Asparagus is an ancient delicacy that is still widely used today. It can be sautéed, steamed, grilled, pickled or baked into any casserole. I like to frequently add it as a side dish because of its many health benefits. Asparagus is low[...]

Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup from P. Allen Smith

•••
This vegetable soup is so easy to make and healthy to boot. Just throw everything into a slow cooker and you’ll be eating a comfort meal with little effort. Ingredients 1 cup fresh, whole kernel corn 1 large potato, cut into 1-inch cubes 4 carrots, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces 1 small, sweet onion, diced 1/2 teaspoon basil, cut into ribbons [...]

How to Care for Christmas Greenery

•••
By P. Allen Smith | Photography by Mark Fonville Starting out in the retail nursery business, I looked forward to the scent of fresh evergreens in the greenhouses when the cut trees were delivered. The sharp, familiar aroma always filled me with holiday spirit. That spirit predates me by centuries. That’s right. If you’ve never stopped to ponder the histor[...]

7 Plants for Your Low-Light Office

•••
Studies show that those of us with plants in our offices are more productive and have lower levels of stress. We all know that having certain plants indoors helps remove air pollutants. How can we not get on board with greening our office spaces, especially with some low-maintenance plants? Now, we’re not all lucky enough to have windows or natural light [...]