Holiday Helpers, 2019 Edition

I don't know about your holiday extravaganzas, but for us celebrations are going to start hot and heavy in a few weeks with Thanksgiving and roll straight on into the New Year. We are lucky enough to be able to host most of the celebrations- which, yes, is a decent amount of work, but it… Continue reading Holiday Helpers, 2019 Edition

I’m not actually in charge here, am I?

Gardening has taught me a great many things. Perhaps even more things than I can actually remember, but the most valuable lesson of all has been learning to roll with the punches. As much as I feel like I'm the Captain and the garden is my ship, it never takes too long for Mother Nature… Continue reading I’m not actually in charge here, am I?

Ramping up for Winter

Despite the oddly rainy and generally chilly September and October, we only just had our first hard (as in everything is completely covered in it) frost last week. And of course now snow is in the forecast multiple times this week. It ought to be just a dusting, but there's no denying now we're in… Continue reading Ramping up for Winter

A Foul Weather Blogger?

Hello Friends! As the temperatures start to dip (which reminds me to go out and cover the citrus and fig trees, the jasmine and bougainvillea as the low tonight is in the upper 30sF), the skies get grayer and the foliage gets more and more colorful I feel the urge to blog again. Perhaps I'm… Continue reading A Foul Weather Blogger?

Trying Something New.

Dear Readers- I'm such a bad blogger. I suspect its not just because it is summer and there are more pressing things to do than write blog posts. Its because there's something about this medium feels more like a drag/effort (which it absolutely should not be, talking about ones own garden should always be fun!)… Continue reading Trying Something New.

Unexpected Bonuses.

Its been a fun process watching this Spring Bloom unfold in its naturally unnatural way. The tulips have finally faded, though there are a few hold out daffodils. The rest of the garden is moving forward flush with Irises, Salvia, Lupines, Heuchera, Geraniums, and Baptisia. The Wiegela are now blooming as the Lilacs have finally… Continue reading Unexpected Bonuses.

Of Walls and Exasperation.

Retaining walls suck. I mean, yes, they serve a purpose and all, yadda, yadda,yadda. But they are ugly and fail with an unreasonable frequency and are HELLA expensive. Ugly things that fail shouldn't be expensive. Amirite? Our ugly and failing retaining wall has been pushed to the front burner since a rogue neighbor dog (dogs?)… Continue reading Of Walls and Exasperation.

A Traffic Jam of Blooms.

The weather here has been oscillating between a cooler-than-normal Spring and full on Summer. As one can imagine, its causing a bit of a jumbled response in the garden. The current actors (flowers) sharing the stage together are as follows: Lilac Iris Anemone Tulips Daffodils Ajuga Crabapple Apple Geum Lupine Coral Bells (Heuchera) Wiegelia Geranium… Continue reading A Traffic Jam of Blooms.


We've been away and have just returned- hence the blog silence. We were privileged to be invited to attend the United States Naval Academy graduation for one of Rich's former cadets. It was a beautiful week in Gettysburg, PA and Annapolis, MD. Lovely warm sunshine, everything was so green and flowering! Gettysburg was surprisingly wild… Continue reading Return!

Ahead of the Curve.

Have you heard? Stachys 'Hummelo' is this year's Perennial of the Year. Who knew? (And who votes on these things? - Apparently its the Perennial Plant Association!?) I'm feeling quite pleased with myself as 2 years ago at an end-of-season sale I snagged two overgrown but sad plants for something like $4.00 total and brought… Continue reading Ahead of the Curve.

Sandy Soil

I know a post all about sandy soil isn't going to appeal to everyone, but I was listening to an episode of Garden Question Time where an audience member was lamenting moving somewhere with sandy soil. The panel recommended augmenting the soil with plenty of organic matter and adding raised beds for veggies. I certainly… Continue reading Sandy Soil

It’s been A WEEK.

Y'all. Its been such a week. First I had to tell my most amazing co-workers ever that I accepted a job at a different hospital (still in the same area). It is a move that makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and for a lot of people, but it was a… Continue reading It’s been A WEEK.

The Grass is Always Greener.

Amirite? I've been re-watching last year's Gardener's World episodes on BritBox and they often show garden features in the early episodes. As always there's only so much Monty can do in his garden and its low season for many of the larger, famous gardens. So they use footage from previous shoots and show you an… Continue reading The Grass is Always Greener.


I'm loathe to sound like I'm bragging, but we didn't get a scant whiff of that snow they were predicting. Not even rain! My parents down near Milwaukee got a few inches, but we got off with just a blustery and damp day. In the garden things are really ramping up despite the occasional light… Continue reading Forward!

Two Steps Forward…

We absolutely ought to know better this time of year. But things are progressing so well and I finally got everything cleaned up and ready for the season. Its been warm and mostly sunny with some spots of rain... all in all very Spring-like. I've tidied up around the irises. I find that winter has… Continue reading Two Steps Forward…


My goodness I wish I had something fun or exciting to post. Instead we are just waiting around for the snow to melt. Again. It should be gone by mid-week as temps are slated to move into the 60F range and rain is in the forecast. One can only hope. Instead I've reseeded a few… Continue reading Waiting.

Wesley, Part II

This was Tuesday afternoon. This is Wednesday evening (6pm). This (Thursday) morning. Yoinks.   At least its kind of pretty? The winds are howling and the snow drifts are building. The winds are oddly coming out of the East (rare for us) so most of those drifts are in our driveway's favor this time around. … Continue reading Wesley, Part II


WINTER Storm Wesley to be precise. Just when I started talking like it was Spring... Mother Nature decided she needed to put me in my place. But, but... the daffs and tulips are just starting to come up. The chives and rhubarb too! Why must we cover them back up again?!?!? This last round will… Continue reading Wesley.

Rain and Other Things

We spent this weekend helping our son and his family move into their new house and do a bit of painting. I got to scope out their new garden and yard (grapevines and a nice veg plot in the back, unruly junipers out front)- its a beautiful home and it was a stellar weekend despite… Continue reading Rain and Other Things