Did You Know This is Constitution Day? 9-17-21

  • Post published:09/17/2021
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I am familiar with Independence Day, but I did not know about Constitution Day.  Neither did I know that there was "I am an American Day." That day was  suggested by William Randolph Heart - and others -  in 1940. Congress then designated the third Sunday in May as "I am and American Day. I can imagine there were a lot of people in that year, and continuing, who wanted to declare their love of the United States.…

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – September 15, 2021 with Monarch Butterflies

  • Post published:09/15/2021
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Monarch on Joe Pye Weed, with variegated foliage

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day brought a great gift – six (and I stress SIX)  Monarch butterflies dancing on the Joe Pye Weed. This is very unusual. Until yesterday we have only had one Monarch at a time, but yesterday THREE monarch were dancing on the zinnias. With six Monarchs we are in a celebratory mode. (more…)

Alchemy of Avalon Tea Shoppe and Apothecary

  • Post published:09/13/2021
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Alchemy of Avalon tea storefront

The Alchemy of Avalon storefront on Miles Street in Greenfield, prepares us for a very new business. Suzanne O’Gara is the entrepreneur, welcoming all those who are interested in tea. She makes many types and flavors of tea, and O’Gara can help visitors to the shop choose a tea to help heal, as well as familiar kinds of tea to delight. (more…)

Buttonball Sycamore – Ours and Sunderland’s

  • Post published:09/07/2021
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Our Sycamore tree

We love our Sycamore, in spite of all the little branches it throws down at this time of the year. A few leaves have also blown down but not enough to start raking. The unpleasant thing about sycamores is that in the summer the sycamore develops fine dust on  the underside of its leaves. This dust is a respiratory irritant which affects some people more than others. My husband wears a mask and goggles when he is raking up leaves and twigs in the fall. That work can be quite unpleasant. (more…)

A Season of Rains and Flood

  • Post published:09/03/2021
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Rain and flood

Hurricane Ida took her time getting to Greenfield but on September 2, 2021, we woke up to flood.  Now I can’t fully blame the flood on Ida. When we bought our house six years ago we knew that there was occasional water in the back yard. Our strategy was to create a stroll garden by bringing in yards and yards of good soil (we love Martin’s Farm Compost) to build raised beds. (more…)