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October 29, 2019

Lightly dusted in rich, red dirt, I joined my daughter and a dozen other young folks underneath the dappled shade of a big, live oak for a lunch break. We pulled ball caps from our sweaty heads and stretched out against hay bales to unwrap home-made lunches packed in r...

March 8, 2019

The ‘Flower Children’ are all grown up and running the show. It was fun to walk around the Philadelphia Flower Show on Tuesday and see the vibrant colors and groovy displays that chose, as their theme this year, “Flower Power” to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of th...

July 18, 2018


Well-known as a perennial favorite, the coneflower is now becoming a show-stopper as well. New hybridized colors and shapes, have this central prairie native becoming a fun feature in landscapes everywhere. And they’re easy to share!

My pinky-purply coneflowers came fr...

June 13, 2018

It’s back. That delicate scent of honeysuckle and wild rose, of cut grass and clover; it’s the welcome smell of summer. We didn’t even know we missed it until that first, rich breath of summer sun.

The bees are busy, the birds are clamoring and the children, I’m told by...

February 14, 2018

What do ashes, books, trees and toothpicks have in common?

They are all various forms of wood of course, but also, they were all once living organisms.

While we may not associate the tree in the yard with the cherry table in our dining room and the very food we serve on...

August 8, 2017

For garlic lovers, the sight and smell of this bulb stirs the senses and imagination. Thoughts of crusty garlic bread, savory sauces and golden, roasted cloves inspire culinary creativity and often encourages one to resurrect an old recipe – like it did for me this pas...

January 24, 2017

In this day of fast food and fake news, where can one turn for quality? The more our society tries to satiate us with the shallow, the more I crave the deep. And I’m guessing you do too.

One of the things I find so appealing about gardening is that there are no instant...

September 13, 2016

  I love attracting wildlife to the yard. In fact, I spend good money buying seed, planting shrubbery and diligently refreshing the bird baths so that when I open the back door chipmunks and chickadees, squirrels, doves and cardinals go skittering on their way.

I love i...

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