Sometimes all it takes is a nod of approval to help a good thing continue and spread. Likewise, a frown and thumbs down may derail a bad habit.
At any rate, it's good to crow a bit and also to grumble now and then when you're among others who understand the joy and frustrations of gardening.
That's why we nominate
in our Green Thumbs Up and Green Thumbs Down Department
via this list of items in this department, most recent here at the top.
Up to Cut Harder in Spring from What's Coming Up #224. Deal a simple, clean cut to keep shrubs a manageable size with clean lines and great foliage.
Down: Stubble is Trouble explains how to undo the mess that can develop when a timid gardener won't cut quite hard enough.
Roses Trained: In What's Coming Up #222 we follow the growth of roses trellised and pillar-form. It's a salute to the perennial optimism required to train climbing roses. Then, in...
...Clematis Wilted: We switch gears for a big boo-hiss to clematis wilt disease for its very rude timing.
Green Thumbs Down and right back Up to Splayed arborvitaes: We wish they didn't happen, explore the best solution, then propose how to live with the reality.
Green Thumbs Up and Down:
To showering houseplants
To denying kids plant names.