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The first time I got a nose-full of ragweed pollen and sneezed 16 times; the first crisp-apple day and sweater-weather evening; the first time I bit into an actual crisp apple, and saw mums for sale, … more
I wasn’t always a fan of gladioli. Like most people I associated them with stiff altar arrangements. But that changed when I noticed them in a garden. On a cross-country trip many years ago, I … more
I’m starting to feel less frantic and anxious than I have since spring and I think I know why. It isn’t because I’ve made a smooth transition from planting to maintaining. I … more
I haven’t gotten everything planted yet. (Yes, I know it’s July.) My back porch holds a collection of trays lined with 4-and 6-packs of stressed out nicotiana seedlings spiked into … more
I’m sorry, I’d love to stay and chat but can’t possibly take the time right now. The garden is doing its springing into summer thing and it’s all I can do to keep up. Is it … more
I have one ambition in life unlikely to earn me any medals: I want to watch plants grow. I did sit down once, years ago, to witness the opening of an evening primrose flower. I don’t remember … more
My carpenter and I have been talking about replacing the back fence ever since our dog Nino was alive. His job, for which he was well compensated, was to harry woodchucks along its length to their … more
My garden this very minute, as it wakes up, is at its best. You might take one look, see winter’s debris still strewn about and not much in bloom and wonder if I’ve lost my marbles. … more
Patience is a virtue,Virtue is a grace.Grace is a little girl,Who would not wash her face. —Dick King-Smith We gardeners are generally credited for being patient, but March puts us to the test … more
Last weekend when the wind-chill temperatures registered in single digits I found things to do inside. Any other winter day I’d have been happy for the excuse to curl up with a book but I … more
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