Buttoning Up the Garden

This past weekend it finally started to feel like November, with a sort of raw gray cold settling in. I realized that the available time for winter preparations was slipping away.

Late Return

For the gardener, spring is about plants returning to active growth from their winter dormancy. The earliest plants to do so inspire a special jolt of happiness.

Do I Still Have Garden Cred?

I almost couldn’t bring myself to write this post, because it’s kind of an embarrassing subject. But here it is: for the first time, I hired someone else to do spring cleanup in the garden.

The Garden Awakes

The weather has been warm for mid-March, but wet. The garden is waking, though most of it is still pretending to sleep. Some plants are hitting the snooze button, nestling under the fertile earth like a blanket. But among all the dead… Read More

Days of the Little Bulbs

Cathy at Words and Herbs has invited folks to join her in reviewing the garden year, starting with spring. The idea appealed to me as a good antidote to these cold, dark days. The very beginning of spring is my subject for… Read More

First Snowfall

Last Sunday we awoke to an inch or so of snow on the ground. Nothing like the avalanche that hit western New York, but a bit startling even so. It was frigid through most of the week, then warmed up. The snow… Read More

Light in October

In September, Autumn feels like a vacation from Summer. The cooler weather and softer light are both refreshing. At a certain point in October, though, it starts to feel as if you are preparing to leave a beloved place. The sun is… Read More