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 →

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 →

If you can’t garden outside…

Clearly I'm not able to get outside and do any cleanup with the snow and water on the ground, and likely won't be able to do so for awhile yet.  But the indoor "nursery" has been hopping for a few weeks now. I have roughly 200 plants in seed trays and pots right now, and I will sow... Continue Reading →

End of Month View: March 2017

Still frozen in time... I discovered this "monthly meme" through another blog I follow, Carolee's herbalblessingblog, and thought it looked like fun.  It's also a wonderful way to track the growth and bloom throughout the garden - in photos and narrative - on a monthly basis. Thanks to Helen, The Patient Gardener, for dreaming up... Continue Reading →

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