Late July in the Garden

The gardens look tired in late July; tattered from the relentless Japanese beetle attacks and this season, from the lack of rain.  The June blooms are spent and have been removed.  Some of the perennials, such as the catmint, Lady's Mantle, dianthus and hardy geraniums will bloom again in August - although much less showy than in... Continue Reading →

Views of the “Hot Border”

Nora is a huge fan of shockingly vibrant colors, while I prefer much of my garden to be a tad more muted -- predominantly green with mixes of soft purples, pinks, yellows, and whites with the occasional splash of red or bright yellow.  I want to feel relaxed in my garden, not shouted at... When... Continue Reading →

Much Needed Rain

Finally, we're getting some much needed rain today.  It began in the early morning hours and has continued, often heavily, throughout the day.  We should get 1-2" out of this series of storms.  We had a brief interlude between showers, so I ran outside and snapped some photos of the flower gardens.  Just in time it... Continue Reading →


  The use of the "edge effect" is one of the core principles of permaculture.  From an ecological perspective, the area where two distinct ecosystems overlap -- the edge -- tends to house greater diversity and energy than either of those ecosystems do individually.    For instance, the edge between the woodland and my "backyard" not... Continue Reading →

Sunday Shots

"Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration." -Lou Erickson We're almost half way through the gardening season in North Country (already).  July is the month when I begin to feel a bit tired, and often a bit frustrated.  The freshness of June has passed, the days grow hot, the... Continue Reading →

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