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August 1, 2018

The garden is a demanding friend. It’s a mirror, really, of how well you’re keeping up. The more your give, the more it shows. However, if like me you have had to split your time between two, well, she’s not going to sit idly by. Oh no, she’s going to find something el...

December 20, 2017

In the monochromatic sweep of winter, nothing attracts the eye as much as the color red: cardinals, berries, bright red Christmas decorations, send a burst of joy in an otherwise cheerless landscape.

And there is one landscape specimen that’s a real December head-turner...

August 22, 2017

I walked along the dirt road with a shy, handsome young man. Thumping sounds of a summer concert faded into the distance. All around us, bird’s chirped and butterflies danced among the wildflowers. We stopped. With one hand he reached for mine and with the other he poi...

June 20, 2017

A few years back a soft, velvety rosette popped up in my garden bed. At first I thought it was lamb’s ear, but the leaves outgrew any I’d ever seen. I watched as the mound grew larger and larger – about the size of a pie plate. It was interesting, if not pretty. And I’...

March 28, 2017

You’ve probably come across the saying, ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’ And it’s a great sentiment, especially for military families and others who find themselves moved around quite a bit. But what about those times when you feel you’ve been strewn not moved; crushed no...

December 28, 2016

When all the garden is brown and greyed, it’s hard to see life. But life there is. Emerging. Waiting for a little breeze to carry seeds from  brittle shells.

We don’t normally think to sow seeds in winter, but nature does.

Nuts, cones, seed pods. Winter weather provides...

November 15, 2016

Uproot.  There is a time for digging up. For turning the soil.

A love lost.

Health unhinged.

Wealth ripped away.

Just like biting into the saliva-sucking membrane of an otherwise delectable pecan nut, we have tasted the bitter along with the sweet. We have nursed satisfact...

October 11, 2016

You’ve seen the claims. You’ve heard the ads: lay down a barrier and end weeds forever. Too good to be true?

Every gardener’s nemesis is the weed: clover, dandelion, chickweed, purslane, ivy (Click here for pictures and a comprehensive list).

And putting down a barrier –...

August 2, 2016

Have you heard the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: A weed is a plant whose virtues have never been discovered? Not so for the dandelion whose leaves can be put in salad, whose flowers can be pressed into wine, whose milky sap can be made into latex.

I have looked out at...

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