• 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 - 9:01am
  • 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 - 8:27am
  • 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 - 11:21am
  • So here it is Sunday evening at elevation 396 feet. I spent the afternoon shaking almost two feet of wet, heavy snow off shrubs. I know, I should have been wearing a hair shirt. This activity felt like penance for loving challenging kinds of ornamental plants.  But love them I do, and shake off...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 9:28am
  • This column is being written on Super Bowl Sunday. Taking into consideration that it would be impossible for me to care less about football I decided to address the mock orange that has graced the west corner of the house for about 15 years. I have yet to prune it. The other two have been pruned but...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:56pm
  • Never ever have I had a garden take such a leisurely farewell. Well, maybe last year’s. Maybe I need to get used to leisurely.   Most of the annuals are still blooming, granted they are on their last hurrah. The foxgloves (Foxy) are blooming again after being deadheaded weeks ago. The James M...

    Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:15pm
  • John and I took a lovely walk on the logging roads accessed off Knob Hill. Used now by hunters, they quickly diminish to four wheeler tracks.  We took advantage of a beautiful day and one just before hunting season opened. Hunters can make their way to the Caribou Hills through here and better ...

    Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:15am
  • I’ve been doing a lot of looking around this week, looking to see what is still in bloom, lots actually. At first I was skeptical that anything much is still hanging in there. That the plants had such an early start and bloomed their hearts out and that would be that. ...

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:17am
  • W ho would have thought that I would have to spend a chunk of August in Detroit? That’s right, Detroit. Of all places. Detroit. May this never happen to me again. ...

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 10:35am
  • My, but I have been having fun this week. I needed to contact Janice Chumley, the integrated pest management technician at the Cooperative Extension Service office in Soldotna, not once but twice.  And here’s why: I noticed a very white woolly substance on a branch of one of the tatarian hone...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:00am

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