Author Archives: Amanda Thomsen

About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

I’m Totally Phoning It In…

Christmas is just about here… and even people who have skills like “organization” and “planning” and “taste” have issues holding it together this time of year so just IMAGINE what a hell my life is right now.

All I Wanted Was A Birki

Working outside in winter requires special footgear, usually large Wampa-like boots- and that requires some shopping around. But when your belly is growing by the minute, a little extra thought is needed…

A Garden in Revolt

I feel like I’ve had a hangover for the last 3 months. Have you ever gardened with a hangover? Me either. And my garden has taken notice…

Estate Sale Jackpot!

On a recent Saturday morning, I slothed out on the sofa, listening to Car Talk, sleepily. Dan said he was going out for coffee. He didn’t come back for 4 hours.


So- I snagged a couple of mostly dead, really tall arborvitae topiaries out of the trash….