WITH THE FIRST COLD NIGHTS (we hit 41 degrees F Monday!) I’m suddenly invigorated–and overtaken by two impulses: to nest and get cozy (including tossing out loads of things), and to edit the garden (additions and subtractions both lie ahead). While plotting my plans, look what beauties I noticed through my camera lens in the almost-fall landscape: [read more…]
Since college-age, I have loved taking photos, and these days the garden is my primary subject.
BROWN PATCHES of lawn and garden widen daily, and the “grass” is now a minefield of yellow-jacket nests. Ouch! But the hummingbirds dance around me while I weed, and the tadpoles have suddenly hatched into dozens of tiny frogs (boing, boing, boing!) and an older frog poses on a begonia leaf…and I’m grateful to be here, anyhow, if a little tired and crispy. [read more…]
SUMMER, NOT FALL, is the best time to order flower bulbs for fall planting (and garlic bulbs, too) to get the best selection, often at an early buyer’s discount price. I focus on animal-proof (or at least resistant) varieties here, like the “rodent-proof” Crocus tommasinianus, above, that as you can see really lived up to their promise of fending off predators. What a gorgeous display! All kidding aside, some bulbs I recommend: [read more…]
I HAVE A LOT OF PLANTS (and a lot more that used to grow here somewhere live on in memory). I even know most of their names–except when it comes to the Clematis. Why didn’t I label those? In the process of trying to put names to vines that are exploding all around me right now, I made a little slideshow for the record. Hey, if it’s on the internet, I can refer to it any time I forget who’s who again, right? [read more…]