Rosemary Fitzpatrick

  • Forty-two years of gardening in Alaska and I have never seen an October like this one. Yes, there was a touch of snow mixed with Sunday afternoon’s rain. But the flowers are still lovely, still setting buds, still thriving, still making my heart sing. This has been a growing season to remember, to...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:50am
  • I just finished a charming book: “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life” by Marta McDowell. The second half gave me food for thought. It went into detail about her garden, the quintessential cottage garden that England is known for and many of us strive to achieve. With the moon near full, I found m...

    Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:23am
  • The strawberries are setting fruit — again. I really am impressed by the quantity of berries that John harvested from our two beds. We haven’t had strawberries the likes of this in many years. So I had to ask him the obvious: “Are you man enough to keep picking berries?” ...

    Wed, 08/27/2014 - 1:54pm
  • Birds! Hummingbirds to be exact. Never ever have we had them stay around like this. Usually we catch a glimpse and are delighted, but this season they are here for the long haul. We have even heard them “talking” to each other — they sound like a cartoon bird. We have at least a pair and maybe...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:32pm
  • Mysterious weather. On Sunday morning, with rain threatening, I watered. Even though we had a deluge the day before the ground really isn’t all that wet. Go look. Stick your finger down in there and see what you come up with. It is still dry.  So watering is on my agenda. The gray sky did not...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:18am
  • I was recently asked a very simple question: What is the best thing happening in your garden right now? Without missing a beat I replied: My husband. There is never a simple answer ... . * * *...

    Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:10am
  • Zounds! It is late Saturday and I have spent the day stuffing every available space in the perennial beds with annuals. I know, don’t plant out your tender starts on a sunny day, but there hasn’t been anything else so one needs to get the job done, and done it is. What a relief....

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:11am
  • My mind is jam packed with worry about you new gardeners. You are at the forefront of my thought process. What to do about you? All of this mental agitation has been instigated by my neighbors who have moved one lot over into a new house with so very much gardening potential. They invited me over to...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:51pm
  • This is the very most excellent time of year. I found myself in the unenviable position of cooling my heels in a waiting room, on a beautiful afternoon no less. No one wants this experience, but there I was. As I settled down to read a time-worn and uninteresting magazine I noticed that the conversa...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 2:27pm
  • What a glorious day.  The heat has been turned on in the greenhouse and the high/low thermometer is in place. If the heaters are holding the temperature no lower than 40 to 45 degrees, I will set out the tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, leeks and odds and ends of flowers that are thriving in th...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:51pm

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