Repost: From Drupes To Nuts

It’s late; it’s been a long day. I wanted to write a post, but I’m kind of tired and not feeling very enthusiastic. So I thought I would do something I’ve never done before: reblog an old post. This one was written… Read More

Lilacs And Other Flowering Shrubs Of May

There are certain shrubs and small trees whose flowers symbolize the peak of spring.

Another New Bird In The Garden

It’s been a rather wet, cold, and dismal weekend. One bright spot, though, was the sighting of another new avian visitor to the garden: the Red-headed Woodpecker. In fact, this was the first time either Judy or I had ever seen this… Read More

Consider Yourself At Home

Recently Judy was on the back porch and noticed a small bird flitting in and out of the bird house that hangs just outside of the windows.

Container Tulips Report 2018

My fellow gardeners, the state of  the container Tulips this year has been: AWESOME. And people who know me will tell you that I never use that word.

Celandine Poppy Is No Shrinking Violet

There’s a lot of Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) in our garden and they’re blooming right now. Some people will warn you that this plant is too aggressive. On the other hand, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center calls it “… a fine… Read More

A Second Chance For Mistflower

When I got home last Friday I found that our second spring shipment of plants had arrived. Only one species was included: Mistflower (Conoclonium coelestinum). (I think this late spring is wreaking havoc with plant shipment schedules – I’ve got quite a… Read More

Crashing A Wedding At Chion-in Temple

If you thought I was finished writing about our trip to Japan last September, you would be wrong. There’s still material for a few more posts, including this one.

Hungry Goldfinches on a Snowy Day

We’ve had lots of Goldfinches this winter, more than in recent years. They’re all over our two nyjer seed feeders.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: Yanaka, Tokyo

Let’s return to our trip to Japan last September, shall we? Most of Tokyo has been demolished (by war, fire, and earthquake) and rebuilt multiple times. The neighborhood of Yanaka, however, was damaged less than most from the cataclysms of the 20th… Read More