Weekend update

While there are not many spectacular flower blossoms to photograph and share yet, much has been happening on the "Farm."  Fruit trees, lilacs, berry bushes, willows, and red maples are all beginning to bud. Of course the daffs and fritillaria are up as well. Birds are arriving from the south in droves and have settled... Continue Reading →

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Pruning

We're still a few weeks away from any real signs of early spring, but the recent warm temperatures and rains have melted much of our snow leaving behind mushy bits of greens and browns.  It beats looking at white after 3 1/2 months! Although, thankfully, I do have a splash of color growing inside with... Continue Reading →

Gardening with Native Plants

I mentioned in a recent post that one of my goals for this year's garden is to add more native plants - trees, shrubs and perennials.  I started incorporating some permaculture principles into my gardening a couple of years ago, and have certainly witnessed an increase in wildlife and pollinators in the garden as a... 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 →

What’s Blooming

As mentioned in my last post, I've been away for a couple of weeks.  The garden started to awaken in my absence (weeds included, of course, and I won't even discuss what the edges look like). Unfortunately, many of the borders are also under water thanks to the endless rain, but better rain than drought!... Continue Reading →

New Arrivals

I've been trying to get better about growing more from seed and taking cuttings to expand my garden, rather than buying every plant that looks and sounds exciting to me.  My gardening habit has become quite expensive! Nevertheless, I've added or expanded a border every year since I started this garden in 2012 and that... Continue Reading →

Pruning

Despite wishing it were not so, winter persists.  Overnights have been in the single digits (negatives with wind chill) and the days in the teens.  We've had a week of snow, sleet and freezing rain with 6-10 inches of snow expected to arrive tomorrow into Monday.  The usual February weather.  So, to keep my spirits up, I... Continue Reading →

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