"When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson I suppose it has been a short summer by most people's standards. The... Continue Reading →
Despite my love of plants, I never forget that a primary reason for expanding the garden is to entice and support more wildlife. As I've mentioned, our property consists of approximately 5 acres of yard, gardens, orchard and pasture with the remaining acreage (now 47 acres since selling off the back 80 acres to our... Continue Reading →
I was thinking about the writings of Aldo Leopold as I gardened today...I'll share some quotes, as well as some photos from the garden. “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with... Continue Reading →
It seemed so to me...but I couldn't resist posting this fabulous shot that Nora captured yesterday while walking in the woods...a private moment deep in the high grasses at the edge of the trail.
"The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives." -- Gertrude Jekyll This past Sunday was a nearly perfect day in the garden. The sky was overcast, but the temperature was in the low 70s with negligible humidity;... Continue Reading →
Okay, I'm not sure I can really limit it to ten, but I'll give it a shot. Generally speaking, July is my 2nd least favorite month (with February at the top of the list). In a "normal" summer (this summer has not been at all normal), July is hot, humid, dry, pest-ridden, and the... Continue Reading →