morning magic

I have a friend who fishes in the early morning on the St Lawrence River. You can hear the magic of it when she talks about it. I think an early morning sunny garden has the same cool quiet magic. This morning it was 40 degrees and perfectly clear-blue sky-sunny when I stepped out to…

To dahlia or not to dahlia?

So beautiful, but such a lot of work. That’s dahlias. What’s great about them? Besides sheer beauty and variety, they bloom late in the year and keep on blooming generously until frost. The downside? We have to dig them in the fall, store them properly, and replant them properly in the spring. For some this…

How is that white garden doing?

I started a white garden in a less than perfect spot: under a massive black walnut tree, and built on top of a thick layer of added sand put there years ago to fill in a dip. This means it is extremely well-drained–i.e. dry as all get out. Even daylilies struggle there if I don’t…

Late August garden report

I have not posted much this summer since I’ve been away from the office where the computer I use is located. Today classes started again and I’m back at it, so posting should be more regular. Some things about the garden are the same as ever–one is that the cats love to hang around near…

Garden Tour July 23

Let’s start where we usually do on our morning garden tour, at the bottom of the driveway outside the back yard deer fence, to admire the clematis that climbs the fence. There are two kinds, one dark purple and another more fancy. Then we will visit the “overflow bed #2”, located downhill of the wood…

part of a bigger history

Right now the garden is awash in blossoms originating in Turkey; at least as far as I remember from my reading, tulips and narcissus from Central Asia, cultivated in Europe and now part of a thriving garden industry, making themselves comfortable in my northern New York garden. In the latest issue of the National Wildlife…

Cornell Cooperative Extension workshop coming up!

Here is the description posted on the website of the SLC Cornell Cooperative Extension: “Young Forest Habitat Management Workshop to be held in Canton, Saturday, April 29th, 2017. Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, Learning Farm classroom- 2043B State Highway 68, Canton, NY 13617. Program and lunch: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Young…

a not very ecological morning

Leave the soil alone, disturb it as little as possible, since you are not the only one living there. That’s the basic idea, which I completely ignored yesterday. Starting at 7:00 am I got out my gardening gear and re-organized the meditation garden. That’s a nice re-design for us, but a major disturbance for the…

a Mary Oliver/Annie Dillard moment

I saw the toad’s sides move slightly in and out with its breathing. I thought, it’s like a poem by Mary Oliver who writes long poems about things like how grasshoppers jaws move. Or it’s like the Annie Dillard essay in her Pilgrim at Tinker Creek book, where she writes more than I thought anyone…

Spring at last! and a few thoughts on blogging.

On one of the first days of April we joined a group of nine hikers for a six-mile road walk along the middle branch of the Grasse River. We were lucky with the weather. Sunny, cool, no bugs yet. We walked along a dirt road through woods, three miles up and then back.   Back…

enchanted “forest”

I have been spending my outdoor time in the woods, letting the flower beds continue their “down time” rest. This past week we had some rain and a warm spell, so the stream that runs between the beaver pond overlook and cedar hill was running fast. Here’s a picture¬†of it:And a few more:It’s a trick…