Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – April 15, 2021

  • Post published:04/15/2021
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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day is finally showing off some of the early spring bloomers. Grape hyacinths are such vigorous plants that I have divided them and moved some to the other side of the garden, and given a couple of clumps to friends. They are amazing plants, with foliage that waits for the flowers all winter long. I bought about 100 Mary Gay Lirette daffodils last fall. My intention was to create a river of the same daffodils…

National Gardening Day April 14 – Time to Grow

  • Post published:04/12/2021
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Last fall I wasn't thinking about National Gardening Day, but I was thinking I wanted more early flowers. The answer was 100 daffodils to create a daffodil river in front of my rose bushes, who won't give me bloom for two more months. Actually, I didn't know anything about National Gardening Day until it jumped up on my computer. Thank you computer! I think April 14th is definitely the day that wakes us up and says it's time…

Pruning for Hydrangeas and Other Large Shrubs

  • Post published:04/05/2021
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Hydrangeas are  the first shrub we thought of when we bought our Greenfield house. It would provide privacy between us and the house next to us, and it  would  take up a lot of room. It was a major part of our garden plan to include plants that would not need a lot  of work. However every shrub will need some work and pruning is the major need of hydrangeas.  We planted three hydrangeas, Limelight, Angels Blush, and…

Hellebores – A Surprise in Very Early Spring

  • Post published:03/30/2021
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Hellebore - Maid of Honor series Hellebores, Helleborus x hybridus (formerly Helleborus orientalis) strikes me as a very odd plant. I planted my first hellebores last spring after admiring  the hellebores in a friend's beautiful early spring garden. She cleverly planted hers in a three foot high raised bed that made it more likely to be able to see the full blossom.I planted the potted hellebores I bought in front  of a wood fence, a site that provided…

Gardening Hacks – Time and Money Saving Hacks

  • Post published:03/24/2021
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When you talk about the work of gardeners, you think about digging, planting, weeding, and making spur of the moment trips to the Farmers Coop, Home Depot or some such place. Those shopping trips can range from fertilizer, soil, tools – and more plants. Of course there is a price to pay at the check-our counter. Or, you can take the suggestions of Gardening Hacks, a small book by Jon VanZile (Adams Media $15.99) with over 300 Time…

It’s Spring! Garden Season Begins Blooming Right Now!

  • Post published:03/20/2021
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It is the first day of spring and gardening season begins. So far only brilliant gold  crocuses are blooming, but I know it is time to review the garden and check to make sure I will have some bloom from now into the fall. My very first bloomers are these golden crocus that bloom on the bit of  ground next to the sidewalk and our parking space. It is not a large space,  but I am filling it…

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – March 15, 2021

  • Post published:03/15/2021
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Today is Garden Blogger's Bloom Day, but these  petite crocuses have been blooming for three days. Of course they sleep at night, but we have had golden sunny days to encourage these crocuses. Someday I am going to learn to keep a record of the actual names. I have four little clumps for these golden crocuses, but I can see scattered crocus shoots coming up. All the crocuses will be growing under our Lilac tree, right next to…

Feeding the Birds in the Garden – Welcoming the Bugs

  • Post published:03/12/2021
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I love watching the birds in my garden. Which is not to say that I know them by name or type. When I look at the birds outside my window I see big birds and little birds. I see blue jays and robins, just about the only birds I can identify. I can also identify hummingbirds because the only hummingbird I am likely to see is the ruby throated hummingbird. I can hear the woodpeckers. I enjoy having…

International Women’s Day in Beijing – and Greenfield

  • Post published:03/09/2021
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When we arrived in Beijing on April 18, 1989 we knew nothing about  International Women’s Day. Actually, we knew just about nothing about living and  working in Beijing, but we were ready to learn. International Women’s Day, I learned much later was first held on March 19, 1911, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide. With the outbreak of WW I in 1914 most attempts at social reform ground to a halt, but women continued to…

These Fevered Days with Martha Ackmann at GCC Senior Symposium

  • Post published:03/06/2021
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On Tuesday, March 9, 2-3 pm the Greenfield Community College Senior Symposium program is bringing you discussion about Martha Ackmann's new book These Fevered Days: The  Pivotal Moments in  the Making of Emily Dickinson. There is no cost. Martha Ackmann will discuss and read from her new book, THESE FEVERED DAYS: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson (Norton) . The new biography unravels the mystery of Dickinson's life through ten decisive episodes that distills her evolution…