Hellebores in the Sun

  • Post published:01/28/2023
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Pink hellebore bud

I did not expect to find a hellebore flower in the snow. This narrow bed has been covered with snow, which is just now melting away, and it will probably be covered with snow again this winter. I have seen the foliage, but I never expected to find a blossom opening its flowers. (more…)

Winter Views of Lakes and Rivers

  • Post published:01/27/2023
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You might think we had a snow storm but it has been so mild that the snow is melting - melting - melting. The lakes spill over into the rivers. I enjoy watching the rivers and streams as  they come and go. The land is always changing, and always bringing something to see, to enjoy, to watch it change.

“Winter Trees” by William Carlos Williams

  • Post published:01/23/2023
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The snows have come lightly this year.  It is silent and cold, but a joy to see. Winter Trees BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS All the complicated details of the attiring and the disattiring are completed! A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold.

How to Garden Indoors and Grow Year Round

  • Post published:01/20/2023
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How to Garden Indoors & Grow Your Own Food Year Round

Here we are in the gray of winter and I am preparing to grow some vegetables in my small office room. In the past I have grown flower plants under lights in the basement, but this is a different plan. I don’t have a lot of light or room, but I am  going to give a plant or two a try. How to Garden & Grow Your Food Year Round gives a lot  of good information. (more…)

Honey Bees Need to Eat and Drink Too.

  • Post published:01/12/2023
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Bees Make the Best Pets

Jack Mingo has written a delightful – and useful – book about being a beekeeper.  Mingo is a beekeeper himself and he knows “All the Buzz about Being Resilient, Collaborative, Industrious, Generous, and Sweet – Straight from the Hive.” The book is arranged in short pages and mentions the hundreds of native bees which live in different places  but it concentrates on honeybees. (more…)

Annual Gardening Books Reprise, With One Addition

  • Post published:01/03/2023
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The New Pie – Modern Techniques

The New Pie  (Clarkson Potter $26.99) has nothing to do with the garden, except that we gardeners are always pleased to have a sweet pie and a cup of tea in the afternoon. Although, some of us may have apple trees or other fruits in our gardens.   This New Pie provides Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert. (more…)

Christmas Tree Delight of Memories

  • Post published:12/20/2022
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This ornament of 1940 was a notice that war was about  to begin.

When we put up our tree and hang up the ornaments, I am carried back to the reasons we put those ornaments on the tree.  My mother loved putting up her ornaments, and was always adding more. She had so many more that she gave ornaments to me and my brothers – and she could buy more. I love this Red, White and Blue ornament that my mother, and then I, have been hanging the red, white and blue since 1940!  It is hanging in front of one of the many birds that I have hung on the tree over the years. (more…)

What Do European Ginger and Grape Hyacinths Have in Common?

  • Post published:12/10/2022
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European ginger

The year after we planted our first river birch I planted a small container with European ginger. This is not the knotty kind of ginger that you will find at the grocery store. Its proper name is Asarum europaeum.  They are commonly referred to as wild gingers (they are not culinary gingers) but are so-called because their rhizomes have a similar spicy scent. It has not increased rapidly under the river birch, but it spreads nicely every year.  It is happy to spend its life in  the shade. (more…)

Beautiful Surprise – Hellebore!

  • Post published:12/07/2022
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While raking leaves  yesterday I was stunned and surprised. My row of hellebores was covered by leaves from our sycamore and I had  only seen a few of  the hellebores big green leaves that are still showing off. As I cleared some of the leaves I saw a bit of white – small white buds were beginning to open.  It was only this hellebore that was preparing  to bloom. I am not sure of its name, but I think it is Ivory Prince. (more…)