November

Across the street is what we call “the falling down house”. Every year it sags a little more. The sunset was pretty, but the colors don’t really show up in this photo. There’s the front yard, looking brown and bedraggled. The big maple by the road is mostly dead, but it puts out a prodigious…

farewell to my sister’s herb wheel — leaving a garden

I know a lot of gardeners have this experience–of leaving a garden we have created. Most of us take the time to dig up some treasured plants. Sometimes it isn’t possible or feasible. One friend of mine left a lot of plants with a friend for a year or two before settling in a place…

garden dream time

Now that my tulips are planted (I am ignoring the dahlia digging chore) I am declaring my garden work season officially over, which means that study and planning and dreaming season has begun. This is where I read all my garden catalogs and books for the nth time, get garden books out of the library,…

warm weekend in November–tulips planted!

Thank goodness–I didn’t have to plant tulips in a freezing rain or cold wind–I’ve done that many times. I used Melinda’s method–hot chili pepper ground up, she says it discourages that voles that love to eat tulip bulbs. I planted around 50 bulbs, in batches of 7 to 9 in each spot, along with narcissus,…

Hurricane Sandy brings down the barn

David estimates that this section of the barn was added on after WW II to the older main barn. It came down on Monday night from the winds of Hurricane Sandy. We had been trying to find someone who would take it down for years–it has a leaky roof and was missing one whole side–now…