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 →
That's all we have right now...little pockets of blossoms with sporadic bursts of color. I still look out at skeletal branches in the wood line, but the grass is greening nicely with the warm temps and rain of this past week. I even spotted some tiny, greening buds on the lilacs. The wildlife certainly know... Continue Reading →
Temps barely above freezing, snow, sleet, more snow, rain... This past weekend's weather was even more abysmal. As a result, we've had some visitors leave the security of the woods in their search for food. The little ones above got so close, they were practically on the back porch begging for hand-outs.
The good news: I heard the peepers for the first time this spring as I opened the back door to let the dogs out at 5:30am this morning. The other good news: our blue birds are back as well! N snapped the shots above and below yesterday morning. We've had a family of blue birds... Continue Reading →
It's tempting to reach for the chemical sprays or powders when your walk into your garden and find your favorite rose overrun with aphids or Japanese beetles, or find your cauliflower beset by cabbage worms. After all, what harm can a localized spray possibly do? The answer is quite a lot. The fact is 90%... Continue Reading →
So, what does that mean exactly? Well, for me, it means to garden with an eye toward creating a sanctuary for birds, pollinators, other insects, reptiles, and other wildlife. To create an environment free of the toxins—the herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are poisoning us and the world around us—in which the local wildlife... Continue Reading →
As I've mentioned recently, I've spent the winter months reading about native plants and permaculture. Permaculture isn't a new concept to me, but it's one I hadn't spent a great deal of time thinking about until I discovered Colette O'Neill's Bealtaine Cottage blog (now website and vlog) in the winter of 2016. Looking at her... Continue Reading →