Rosemary Fitzpatrick

  • Where to start? The last two weeks have been so full, so interesting, so busy. And all of this in the garden. I can’t imagine life without it. So this column will be a bit disjointed, stick with it and I’m sure you’ll find something interesting and, hopefully, useful....

    Wed, 08/24/2016 - 1:14pm
  • Warm temperatures and just enough rain. What gardener could ask for more? The garden has resoundingly responded. Lush. Productive. Gorgeous. In the 44 years I’ve lived in Alaska I’ve never had a garden like this. I will hold the memory of this growing season close to my heart because who knows w...

    Wed, 08/10/2016 - 2:53pm
  • Each and every growing season there is one something that astonishes, that amazes, that speaks to our hearts. And this year it’s lilacs. Their season is short and this time around about three weeks early. I can usually count on them to be blooming for the Fourth of July barbecue. Not this year, th...

    Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:30pm
  • There are basic truths that bear repeating:  • Keep your garden small; • Weed, if you can; • Water, if you have it; and • People, just shake your tomato plants. That’s all it takes to fertilize the bloom and you will have more tomatoes than you know what to do with. Keep your electric...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:15pm
  • I talk too much. Three times this past week I have invited interested gardeners over to look at this creation. Now, I said “interested” and they are but when I start going into way too much detail and their eyes glaze over I should take the hint. Live and learn. Plus, I don’t have time to go i...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 8:36am
  • T here is more than meets the eye in a garden. Liz Johnson and I shared many a pot of tea on dark winter days as we poured over seed catalogs. We shared responsibility for the Garden Clubs’ “Car Wash Garden” for eons. That was an effort that sucked up more of our time and effort than a hanging...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 7:51am
  • Please, don’t let Al Gore know how much I’m loving this March and April. I feel like I should be wearing a hair shirt and walking on my knees to atone for my delight. I’ve often said that if you don’t want nine months of winter/almost winter than you shouldn’t live here. You want fruit tre...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 7:41am
  • Never in the 44 years of living in Alaska have I had a garden party the first weekend of April, and there we were, with margaritas no less. Amazing.  There has been a lot to think about the past two weeks. For instance: A friend pointed out that never ever in all her years in the Far North has ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 8:01am
  • It isn’t all that unusual to have five inches of new snow on the first day of spring. There are two ways to cope: either  pragmatically or emotionally. I chose to make waffles which I think falls somewhere in-between. John, sensing an indoor tempest, stoked the fire, made me tea, said almost ...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 7:27am
  • There is nothing that irritates me more than the month of March. Well, national politics but that’s only this year. March springs eternal. ...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 10:21am

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