Garden

  • 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 - 3:27pm
  • 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 - 1:51pm
  • Be prepared to shift your expectations. Anything can happen in March: single digits, a ton of snow, wind. Name it, and be ready. I won’t turn the heat on in the greenhouse until the first week in April. In the meantime, all the starts are under lights in the guest room. Good thing there aren’t a...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:48pm
  • February. The days are certainly noticeably longer. The weather certainly noticeably strange. Winter started three weeks ago. Does this mean that it will last until the end of July?   What to do?  Pull out your begonias, fuchsias and geraniums and get on with it.  Now. These stored pl...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:51pm
  • Yes, I am still watering the window box. Yes, I regret pulling the tuber begonias out of said box weeks and weeks ago. They are now in forced retirement. Not a place they want to be.  They were thriving, blooming, happy as can be and what did I do? Consigned them to the basement, solitary confi...

    Thu, 10/31/2013 - 11:26am
  • Well, this is awkward. I have not done much in my garden since planting bulbs last week. Nary a weed has been pulled, and there are plenty out there.  I can’t clean my tools because there really is more to do. The Brussels sprouts are still hanging out. I know, I know they can stay out there ...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:25am
  • I find it a bit unusual to compose a bouquet in October of lilacs, roses, primroses and pale yellow trollius. Lovely yes, odd — definitely.  All of these plants have given me a gentle second bloom now and then over the years, but nothing like this. My garden is more lovely now than it was in ...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 2:13pm
  • I have embraced kale. Last growing season I started four plants by directly seeding them into the plot. It was a very long time before I got anything that looked productive. By then I was not all that interested. But this year I set out four strong seedlings, conferred with friends who are believers...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:02pm
  • Slugs? Slugs? What slugs? There aren’t any in this garden. They must be in yours. Or, better yet, the ice sheet of winter past got the best of them.  This is the first time at this site that my garden is not being devoured by these mollusks. I like it. Not only is the garden free of them, but...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:03am
  • Egad! Methinks it has been a whole month since I last talked to you. There is much to be said, put down your gardening tools and have a read. Add a cup to tea to that scenario.  Everything about this gardening season has been interesting. And odd....

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 5:40pm

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