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 →

The Farm

"There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm.  One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other is supposing that heat comes from the furnace."  - Aldo Leopold I believe farming is coded into my DNA.  My great-grandparents were dairy farmers, and I spent many happy days... Continue Reading →

My Top Ten August Plants

In keeping with the meme hosted by Chloris at The Blooming Garden, below are my top ten plants in the garden during the month of August. Thankfully I thought to snap some shots this morning before work.  We've had a series of gnarly thunderstorms with high winds rolling through since 3pm or so, flattening much... Continue Reading →

Mid-August Assessment

"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 →

Obsession

I'm slowly making my way around the garden borders for the first of the season clean-up -- edging, weeding, dividing and relocating as needed.  Sadly, it's already June 11th and I'm only half way there! I have no idea how I ended up with more than 13 mixed borders, a vegetable garden, an orchard (fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries,... Continue Reading →

Planting Weekend

Traditionally, the last week in May, culminating with the 3-day Memorial weekend, is my prime planting time.  I usually take the entire week off from work and there is a huge push to get all new perennials, seedlings sown indoors, dahlia tubers, and all directly seeded veggies and annuals, such as zinnia, nasturtiums, and cosmos in... Continue Reading →

More Flowers

The crescendo is beginning to build.  The peonies are loaded with buds, the camassia just started to unfurl yesterday, many of the clematis are already 3-4' tall...in another couple of weeks, the June flowering will begin.  It's my favorite time in the garden. Lots of work to get done between now and then, if we... Continue Reading →

Walking around the garden

The rain had stopped by the time I arrived home after work.  I was happy to have the rain after a weekend of planting dahlias, containers, and seedlings in the vegetable garden (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and sweet peas).  It was a gentle, constant rain much of the day and the garden always benefits.    ... Continue Reading →

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