The Thawing.

We’ve still got snow. And ice. And slush. And a whole boatload of water that alternately freezes at night and runs like small streams downward towards the road during the day. Today we topped out at 60F! It has been so long since we’ve felt that warm outside. The dog is thrilled to bits and […]

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Gardener’s World/BritBox Update

Hooray! Its official. April 5th the new season will begin airing on BritBox. I wasn’t immediately thrilled that it wasn’t airing in real-time, but if I’m being both charitable and honest, this will only be about a month off from real time and for most of the USA, that is much closer to matching our […]

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Obsessive?

At our last Garden Club meeting we had a speaker come in to talk about hostas. He’s the president of our area’s Hosta Club- who knew there was such a thing? Hostas are big, with good reason, around here. Big trees mean big shade, and everyone knows hostas love shade. We all know they aren’t […]

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Winter Wrap Up.

‘Tis a bold thing to do: Declare winter all wrapped up when there is still a blanket of white covering everything one owns. But if you could see how quickly things are melting with our recent spate of sunny days and temps hovering near the 50F mark… it surely feels like Spring is on the […]

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Spring!

Well, at least the calendar is telling me its finally spring. The scene outside my window tells another tale, one of a surly and stubborn winter that is reticent to loosen its grip. Alas! Mother Nature is giving us warm-ish temperatures (40-50F) and intermittent sunshine and both are doing their darnedest to melt the scads […]

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Thinking Chelsea.

I’m always excited/interested to see the plans and designs that are released ahead of Chelsea. Partly because its a sneak peak into the show, partly because its a great insight into the mind of the designers, and partly because its just so exciting! This year there are a few that read as “standard” show gardens. […]

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Figs Ahoy!

Rather than whinge on about the 34th snowstorm to come knocking on our door since January (sarcasm, yes, but only just a little- we did get another 6 inches over the weekend), I’d rather show you the most hopeful things in the house right now. Bebe Figs! (Please start watching Schitt’s Creek if you aren’t […]

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Fake Sunshine.

Alas, the sunshine isn’t fake. But the brightness gives the illusion of warmth, which gives the impression that things might be melting out there. Its all lies. It is hella cold and nothing is melting. I’m fully aware that I sound like a broken record. There is more snow scheduled for this weekend. It’ll push […]

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Hitting the ground running.

Obviously we are all excited for that first real trip to the nursery. The one where the perennials are all out and ready and your imaginary plans start to come to life. The one where you spend all that loot and come home with SO MUCH planting to do. That one. I love that one! […]

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Building a Shelterbelt.

Hedgerow. Windbreak. Snowbreak. Shelterbelt. Whatever you want to call it, this winter has made it readily apparent that we could do with a natural barrier that can help keep the snow from drifting into shockingly deep masses across our driveway. The winds tend to sweep in from the North and West in winter. North isn’t […]

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One For the Record Books.

There are three days left in this month. This only means that there are three more days to add to the records. Per our local news: And more to come! It looks like another round of snow again on Tuesday. You can see how much more snow this latest round dropped. There’s nary a foot […]

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Snow, Snowy, Snowing.

It is Saturday morning and it is snowing, yet again. Yesterday I got a cortisone shot into my shoulder joint (not as fun as it sounds) and on the way home, Rich and I drove past the small family owned seed and greenhouse in town. Its not more than a small metal building for the […]

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Let’s Learn Latin!

As Cabin Fever (or whatever is worse than Cabin Fever) and another foot of snow falls heavier down upon us, it ushers in the time of year where otherwise ridiculous ideas for blog posts suddenly sound amazing. This is how a primer on Latin landed in front of you. I’m sorry! …   …   …   … […]

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An Ode to Irises.

I know we all have our garden stalwarts. The plants that are just so well suited to your site, you can’t help but grow loads of them because they look amazing with almost no effort. For us, that plant is undoubtedly the Iris. Any gardening rookie soon finds out, after the briefest of Google searches, […]

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Winter Tasks: Assessment

Monty strikes again. In his December post, among talks of Christmas trees, he mentioned a way to assess the structure and bones of your garden. Here’s what he said: TAKE PICTURES Take the time to go outside and photograph every aspect and angle of your garden. It does not matter how abandoned, neglected or empty […]

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We Need Some Color.

Everything outside our windows is white. (We got another 3 inches of snow on Sunday so that makes for something like a foot and a half of accumulation.) The front page of my blog is devoid of color. I think I ought to fix this and give us all a deep-winter jolt of color and […]

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Winter Sowing: An Experiment

Y’all. The Cabin Fever is in full effect. Despite the seedlings that are sprouting and doing their thing in the basement, I’m itching to sow more. Only its too early to so anything more than what I’ve got going. What’s a gal to do? Winter Sowing! Now, I’ve not tried it before, but there’s no […]

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