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…

trails in the woods

With recent warm days much of the snow has melted but there’s still a lot in the woods. Here are a few pictures I took on a trail work day a few days ago followed by a simple walk on the trails this morning. One of my favorite places on the property is the old…

snow day

We finally got some real snow! It’s much better for the garden to have a “blanket” of protection in cold weather. Yesterday I took three hours to do some more trail work. Here are some pictures I took of the venture. I use a small bow saw and a pair of nippers to clear the…

not exactly about gardening…

The gardening is on pause for the next few months. The catalogs have started: we got the vegetable seed catalogs last week, and they’ve also got flower seeds for me. I’m planning to start seeds of delphinium, cleome, zinnia, nasturtium, sunflowers and a few other favorites. I am going to buy seedlings of basil, petunias,…

end of semester, beginning of winter

I just looked at a few photos I took of the garden in mid-November. Here are some nice ones: Yesterday, feeling that I was neglecting my blog unforgivably, I took the camera on a tour of the garden and snapped some pictures. I had it in my pocket as I went out to check on…