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 →

Weekend Wildlife

As spring continues to warm, breathing life into the foliage and blossoms, the birds and other wildlife are becoming more active around the house. We spotted two types of birds that we've never before seen on the property, the Eastern Kingbird and the Eastern Phoebe, and even saw a coyote trotting down the side of... Continue Reading →

Spring blooms

Spring is definitely here.  The days are warming, as are the overnights (a little too quickly for my taste).  I wake up to the chorus of song birds, and fall asleep to the lovely sound of the spring peepers.  The bunnies, chipmunks and squirrels are frolicking around the yard, and we had our first siting of Mr. Woodchuck... Continue Reading →

Signs of Spring

We put two nesting boxes in our orchard a couple of years ago.  They sit on opposite sides of the space, probably 200' or so apart.  Last year, a tree sparrow couple took up residence in the one closest to the house and graced us with a family of 5 that spent the summer pirouetting over... 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 →

March has arrived

"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." Charles Dickens, Great Expectations I always await March's arrival with such anxious expectation, as though flipping the calendar to March 1 will suddenly release the flood gates... Continue Reading →

A Touch of Spring

Three months of tulips and hyacinths - a wonderful Christmas gift from Nora, courtesy of White Flower Farm.  Such a marvelous work of beauty in the midst of winter.

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