Now’s the time to assess your shrubs

Now’s the time to assess your shrubs

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… Continue reading

Now’s the time to assess your shrubs
Gardening turns to game of wait-and-see

Gardening turns to game of wait-and-see

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.  … Continue reading

Gardening turns to game of wait-and-see
Chew on these morsels:

Chew on these morsels:

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… Continue reading

Chew on these morsels:
Annuals keep color going as summer fades

Annuals keep color going as summer fades

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… Continue reading

Annuals keep color going as summer fades
Friend saves garden from abandonment

Friend saves garden from abandonment

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… Continue reading

Friend saves garden from abandonment
Garden yields good crop of surprises

Garden yields good crop of surprises

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… Continue reading

Garden yields good crop of surprises

Gardening: Peaceful, never dull

Jade the Dog hunts red-backed voles in the perennial beds. Mayhem. Destruction. Fewer red-backed voles.      What a trade-off.  The vegetable garden is interesting… Continue reading

Joan Splinter’s and Don Felton’s garden creates an oasis of calm and color. It was one of the gardens featured in the 2014 garden tour. Five gardens are on this year’s tour; all are designed to inspire — just like this one.-Photo by Brenda AdamsBrenda Adams

Homer Gardeners unveil their masterpieces

The mere mention of Impressionist painter Claude Monet brings forth, in many minds, stunningly beautiful pieces of art that capture the colors, textures, emotions, even… Continue reading

Joan Splinter’s and Don Felton’s garden creates an oasis of calm and color. It was one of the gardens featured in the 2014 garden tour. Five gardens are on this year’s tour; all are designed to inspire — just like this one.-Photo by Brenda AdamsBrenda Adams

Never forget: Your garden is to use, enjoy

It’s the best: three “grands” old enough to entrust with scissors and willing to go forth and cut slugs in half. This is akin to… Continue reading

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it

I met a soon-to-be retired couple this afternoon. They are moving to Homer from Anchorage and building a new house. And one of the big questions… Continue reading

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it
Damage control all part of gardening

Damage control all part of gardening

Yikes. I was in Bellingham for six days.  I thought that six days wouldn’t be significant. That my garden wouldn’t miss me. Wrong.  People, you… Continue reading

Damage control all part of gardening
Learn from Gardener's mistakes

Learn from Gardener’s mistakes

I’ve been fussing around with the delphiniums. Now is the time to stake these beauties, now — before they bloom and the wind tears into… Continue reading

Learn from Gardener's mistakes
If you have held off on planting, it’s now time  to harden off seedlings

If you have held off on planting, it’s now time to harden off seedlings

T his gardening season is off and running. Here at elevation 396 feet, I have the entire vegetable garden planted; all of the annuals have… Continue reading

If you have held off on planting, it’s now time  to harden off seedlings
Gardening should be enjoyed; pick your battles

Gardening should be enjoyed; pick your battles

Busy. This is the point in the gardening season that so much happens at once. We have had a long spring, very unusual, and the… Continue reading

Gardening should be enjoyed; pick your battles
Homer experiences rare, real spring

Homer experiences rare, real spring

O, the wonder of bulbs. Over the years I have been reluctant to invest in them. There are too many variables that can lead to… Continue reading

Homer experiences rare, real spring
Be ready for ‘what ifs,’ but start gardening

Be ready for ‘what ifs,’ but start gardening

The very best aspect of procreation are the ensuing grandchildren. Cecilia, our 9-year-old granddaughter, has recently moved from Hidden Hills to part way up East… Continue reading

Be ready for ‘what ifs,’ but start gardening
Not too early to ponder next year’s garden

Not too early to ponder next year’s garden

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… Continue reading

Not too early to ponder next year’s garden
Summer produces veritable berry heaven

Summer produces veritable berry heaven

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… Continue reading

Summer produces veritable berry heaven
What a summer — birds, grands, peonies

What a summer — birds, grands, peonies

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… Continue reading

What a summer — birds, grands, peonies
It’s July: Garden working as it should

It’s July: Garden working as it should

I regret the size of our deck, too small. The idea behind this house and garden was for the two of us to age into it.… Continue reading

It’s July: Garden working as it should
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