Hello Old Friends. It's been an awful long while! To be totally honest with you, this growing season I've found the garden to be an absolute albatross. This has been a real struggle for me- as one can imagine- the garden has historically been a place of calmness, joy, and a way to relieve stress.… Continue reading On Breaks and Clarity.
We are getting there y'all! February was absolutely brutal here, weeks of temperatures in the negative teens, random unforecasted snow, just general yuck. Cold, gross, worst-part-of-winter yuck. But it is over and we are in March and things can only get sunnier, warmer, less snowy from here. Hooray! Photo by Matheus Bertelli on Pexels.com March… Continue reading March.
Aaah, the smell of burning leaves, the crisp air, riotous leaves, and the beginnings of the unstoppable nosedive into winter... October, I've missed you (but also, still over here wondering where on Earth this year has gone... how is it already October?). October is a bit of a crazy-ish month for us every year. Deer… Continue reading October
As we roll into the early stages of autumn, I find myself realizing that I've not posted here since late July!?! Awful! I'm going to try going with a regular monthly post and adding in extra posts as needed to make things both more consistent and easier on myself (you should see the number of… Continue reading September
Apologies for my absence... we've had a lot going on recently and we've been away/busy/otherwise engaged leaving time for gardening, but little time for blogging about it. In any event, while it is only mid-June, there have already been plenty of new lessons to be learned so I'll share them with you. If at first… Continue reading This Year’s Garden Lessons (so far…).
A few weeks ago (mid-March) we took advantage of the drier conditions and perfect winds to burn a few sections of our prairie. Its something we'd been planning for and looking forward to since last fall. We knew, once we decided we wanted areas of tall-grass on our property, that we'd have to manage it… Continue reading Burning.
They call them rejuvination prunings, but there is absolutely nothing rejuvinating (to me) about what I just did to our largest and oldest hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'). She came with the house and is at least 20 years old. She is massive and blooms profusely. She's given us 4 babies from accidental layering and I… Continue reading Hack Job.
In my mind, I'm a very Zen sort of gardener. If a plant doesn't thrive, I don't try again. I don't fight the good fight to get something to grow. I don't amend my flower beds. I don't irrigate. I'm very 'fend for yourself' once something is planted and watered in. Let Nature take its… Continue reading Fight the Good Fight or Wave the White Flag?