Away for a few weeks

We are leaving tomorrow for a two-week trip out to the west coast. No posting while I am gone, but it will be interesting to see how the garden changes while we are away. Right now the phlox and the lilies are the showiest flowers in the garden. Rudbeckia are coming on and echinacea are…

Garden visitors and helpers

I have not been in my office for awhile, which is where I have to be to post, so I have a lot of updating to do. First of all, I paid Sam to help me with dismantling the wild garden under the kitchen window. I took before, during, and after photos: We pulled out…

Earwigs and other garden creatures etc.

This morning I saw a big toad hopping through the northside garden. And this is the year of the earwig–we have them everywhere in huge numbers. The hummingbird moths are out every evening. And small, fuzzy white caterpillars have been dropping like little parachutists all over the yard and garden lately. Monarchs, swallowtails, and admiral…

Finally, some rain

We had some very dramatic weather yesterday. David and the guy who leases the land and barn to keep his herd of beef cows were down in the barn trying to fix the water while I watched the blackish greenish clouds move in. Thunder muttered and the wind kicked up. It seemed to be raining…

dry, dry, dry

I finally gave in and have started watering. Each evening and early morning we set up the sprinkler. Still, rain is what we need. Once again I have limited time for blogging–I have not been spending a lot of time in the office, since it’s not air-conditioned. David picked the garlic this week–here it is…

Quick post–about contracting!

Ever since I’ve lived here, for 12 years now, the garden has expanded and the lawn has given way, sometimes by inches and often by yards at a time.  Now, it’s time to contract. It’s just too much garden for someone who also practices two instruments and rides a horse. Here are the candidates for…

Old friends and new acquaintances

This daylily in the meditation garden is like an old friend. I have chipped parts of it from the edges every year to give away or to plant elsewhere but every year it keeps getting bigger. It’s my favorite daylily. It’s sturdy, with short but strong stems and thick, big blossoms of clear yellow. When…