Flashes of color

That's all we have right now...little pockets of blossoms with sporadic bursts of color.  I still look out at skeletal branches in the wood line, but the grass is greening nicely with the warm temps and rain of this past week.  I even spotted some tiny, greening buds on the lilacs. The wildlife certainly know... Continue Reading →

Spring may have arrived…

At least I hope so.  The weather this weekend, although a chilly 30º F when I woke up this morning, is heading into the low to mid 50s with some sun!!  We haven't seen the sun in what feels like a lifetime. Temps for the next 10 days are looking good as well, remaining in... Continue Reading →

The New Pollinator Border

I'm taking an online gardening course from The English Gardening School, and as part of the course, I'm creating an expanded pollinator border in the front yard.  All of my mixed borders are actually pollinator-friendly, but this one is designed from the beginning with as many pollinator-attracting plants as I can squeeze in. Why the... Continue Reading →

April’s Around the Corner

  The tug-of-war between winter and spring still wages, and my money is on winter for at least the next 3 weeks or so.  But we've had a couple of days in the high 40s followed by some rain this afternoon through tomorrow, resulting in some much needed snow melt.  Of course we now have... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!

Somewhat belatedly I'm jumping onto the Happy New Year bandwagon.  I've developed a nasty cold to ring in the new year, so just getting up enough steam to complete this post.  We're also just coming out of an extremely unpleasant cold snap suffering through temps as low as -20º F (and with the wind chill,... Continue Reading →

Year-End Assessment

We're on day 5 of a brutal cold snap that reaches across the northern U.S.; it's expected to last for another week or more.  It's -13º F right now at 12:30 am.  With wind chill, the last few days have felt like -30º F.  It's a cold that has to be experienced to appreciate; a... Continue Reading →

First Hard Frost

We had our first hard frost on the 17th; a low of 31 degrees.  It was cold enough to ensure that the dahlias, coleus, cannas, and other tender perennials were done for the season. I awoke to a world dusted in white and came home after work to blackened foliage throughout the garden. The first... Continue Reading →

End of Month View – September 2017

Thanks to Steve at Glebe House for hosting this meme. It's been a strange autumn so far.  August brought us some lovely, cool temperatures with light rains; the leaves began their color changes, pumpkins were harvested and it was beginning to feel a lot like fall. Then, without warning, September brought tropical heat and humidity,... Continue Reading →

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