still no frost

It’s been an amazing October–nearly every day has had some sun, and when it rains it seems to usually do so at night. It hasn’t been too hot or too cold. Great horseback riding weather. These past few days I’ve been out at the barn every day riding with friends.But this is a garden blog…

Snowflake

I didn’t write about this when it first happened, and then about when I was ready to a greater disaster befell our community in the loss of a dear friend, so I waited a little more. Now I feel OK about sharing that our little white cat Snowflake was hit in the road and killed…

Indoor plants

I went to my brother’s wedding last weekend, and my Dad brought everyone a gift of gigantic mums he’d seen at a farm stand. They were the usual “ball” shaped carefully tended and pruned mums. I’ve tried growing mums before, but they never make it through the winter. I’ll try again with this one, but…

Fall in the garden

I still have 75 tulips and some more narcissus to plant. I decided to re-do the back yard garden’s lower edge to make a spot for bulbs and for next year’s dahlias. Here’s the cart and the composted manure pile–I first ripped out a lot of false sunflower, a peony that was too crowded, and…

Warm October morning in the vegetable garden

We’re having a dry spell, beautiful warmish days and cool nights. It seems like every weekday is beautiful and every weekend it’s cloudy or rainy. I was in the vegetable garden the other day in the morning before going to work. I was able to stuff myself with strawberries. Here’s the row, and a close…