Category Archives: Gardening

Winter Dream

Winter is a trial for me. Days are short, dark and really cold. I recognize the romance in a roaring fire and twinkling lights around our front door, but my spirit flags halfway through the season. I miss the warmth of the sun. … Continue reading

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Garden Favs 2016

Hot. Really hot. Really really hot. Working in the garden has been inconceivable these last few weeks. The humidity and heat were a relentless tag team. I hid in the air conditioned chill of our home, but an annoying voice sent … Continue reading

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Orchids

I have windowsills filled with orchids. I’ve collected them over many years, some inherited from my Mom. They summer on the windowsills, basking in the heat and humidity akin to their native land.  When their planting medium grows dry-ish to the touch, they … Continue reading

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Hot Tomato

My brother’s tomatoes in Virginia ripen much faster than mine in Connecticut. I’m happy for him, sort of…. and a wee bit envious. I took his advise and bought the rig shown below, from Gardener’s Supply Company , called ‘Gardener’s Revolution Tomato Planter’. … Continue reading

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Meadow

In the quiet of a late winter morning, a battalion of height-fearless commandoes, equipped with chainsaws, brush cutters, and chippers, descended upon our neighborhood.  They had been directed by  Tennessee Gas to eradicate any plant growing within 35 feet of their pipeline, a … Continue reading

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Present

What did you get for Christmas? I received a cloning device. For me, cloning is not a good word. A box was delivered to our home from someone in New Mexico. I didn’t know the sender. I opened the box and … Continue reading

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Dahlias Adieu

The frost descended like a cold smothering wind over the weekend, snuffing the life out of the garden. The temperature was on a downhill slide all day, so we rushed to harvest what was left in the vegetable garden, and hauled … Continue reading

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Water

The drought in California is in its fourth year. I would have given up long ago and found a river to pitch a tent, in some wet place. My soul would be as parched as the land, and more than ever, … Continue reading

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Augustine Farm

It’s a chilly morning here in the Northeast, the fireplace is crackling and a pleasant woodsy aroma fills the old homestead. No sooner had I turned my calendar to September, that I was met with a chill that implied all that is … Continue reading

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The Wild Garden

Having recently decided to expand my knowledge and awareness of birds and bees in our yard, I see it’s already paying off. I know the occupants of each house, their song, their flight patterns, and which flowers they prefer. JJ … Continue reading

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