The New Pollinator Border

I'm taking an online gardening course from The English Gardening School, and as part of the course, I'm creating an expanded pollinator border in the front yard.  All of my mixed borders are actually pollinator-friendly, but this one is designed from the beginning with as many pollinator-attracting plants as I can squeeze in. Why the... Continue Reading →

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Gardening for Wildlife

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 →

Happy New Year!

Somewhat belatedly I'm jumping onto the Happy New Year bandwagon.  I've developed a nasty cold to ring in the new year, so just getting up enough steam to complete this post.  We're also just coming out of an extremely unpleasant cold snap suffering through temps as low as -20º F (and with the wind chill,... Continue Reading →

Sunday in the Garden

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 →

Sunday in the Garden

"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 →

Butterflies are arriving

Now that we have so many flowers in bloom, the butterflies are back in force.  Nora captured some wonderful photos yesterday, including some of a very photogenic goldfinch.      

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