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
Grandchildren in the garden: pure joy

Grandchildren in the garden: pure joy

For the last two weeks this garden has been put to excellent use — grandchildren. Our daughter, Andrea, came “home” with her daughters. These two… Continue reading

Grandchildren in the garden: pure joy
Rain or shine, make time for garden party

Rain or shine, make time for garden party

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… Continue reading

Rain or shine, make time for garden party
Weeding, watering: Opportunities to see what’s happening

Weeding, watering: Opportunities to see what’s happening

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:… Continue reading

Weeding, watering: Opportunities to see what’s happening
Four thoughts for beginning gardeners

Four thoughts for beginning gardeners

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?… Continue reading

Four thoughts for beginning gardeners

Get your ducks in a row, be ready to plant

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… Continue reading

Gardener’s mantra: Be patient, spring is coming

Gardener’s mantra: Be patient, spring is coming

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… Continue reading

Gardener’s mantra: Be patient, spring is coming
Winter: Time to plan for next gardening season

Winter: Time to plan for next gardening season

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… Continue reading

Winter: Time to plan for next gardening season
Believe it or not, there’s still time to garden

Believe it or not, there’s still time to garden

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… Continue reading

Believe it or not, there’s still time to garden
Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs; now’s the time for planting

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs; now’s the time for planting

I find it a bit unusual to compose a bouquet in October of lilacs, roses, primroses and pale yellow trollius. Lovely yes, odd — definitely. … Continue reading

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs; now’s the time for planting
Kale finds place in garden, freezer

Kale finds place in garden, freezer

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… Continue reading

Kale finds place in garden, freezer
No slugs devouring this Homer garden

No slugs devouring this Homer garden

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… Continue reading

No slugs devouring this Homer garden
Last year’s loss an opportunity to try something new

Last year’s loss an opportunity to try something new

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… Continue reading

Last year’s loss an opportunity to try something new
Gardens soak up the summer sunshine

Gardens soak up the summer sunshine

This is proving to be an astounding growing season. The vegetable garden is producing with a single-minded purpose — to fill our freezer.  I have… Continue reading

Gardens soak up the summer sunshine
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