Winter’s Last Gasp….I hope

A second winter storm in less than a week has hit the northeast.  Thankfully -- and surprisingly -- we've come through relatively unscathed.  The first storm brought only a dusting to our area, and this last one no more than 4-5 inches. It was a winter wonderland in our backyard this morning. But enough already....I'm... Continue Reading →

Written over 50 years ago…

“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost‘s familiar poem, they are not equally fair.  The road we have long been travelling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.  The other fork of the road — the... Continue Reading →

Quote of the Day

"Finish each day and be done with it.  You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." - Ralph Waldo... Continue Reading →

Hunkering Down

As I'm sure many of you have heard (or are, perhaps, experiencing), the east coast is taking a beating from a gnarly storm.  The coast received the worst of the snow fall yesterday; we only had a dusting by our standards, around 2-3 inches. The current threat is the brutal, arctic winds sweeping in.  We... Continue Reading →


I know there is little I can do for them, but I worry about the wildlife during stretches of extreme cold such as the one we're currently experiencing.  Can they find shelter?  Can they find enough food?  Can they withstand day after day of sub-zero temps? Yesterday we were delighted to see a visiting flock... 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 →

Top Ten Plants for September

Thanks again to Chloris at the Blooming Garden for hosting the "Top Ten" again this month.  Below are my top ten (in no particular order really) from the mid-September garden.  I'll try to throw in a few non-Dahlias, but it's really difficult - they're such attention getters!  Enjoy, and don't forget to stop by The... Continue Reading →

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