when a garden blogger gets bored

Sorry, but I just can’t get enthusiastic lately about winter landscapes. And it is not yet time to plant seeds. Yes, the amaryllis are stunning, but I’m an outdoor gardener at heart. So, I thought I’d pick a color and post about the flowers of a particular color. Yes I should be grading essays and…

Cats and cooking inside while the garden sleeps the winter away

The title says it all. This is the weekend after our first week back at classes for a new semester. I took Saturday off completely, slept in late, and got a lot of cat therapy! I also enjoyed cooking. Here is my Saturday morning:The all-important cup of coffee on the table, and surrounded by sleepy,…

Remembering last May…

The garden always looks best just before a garden party! Last May near Mother’s Day I had a party, and here are some pictures of the garden all spiffed up and ready to show off. It was 25 below zero this morning, but my thoughts are on those bulbs under the soil. It won’t be…

gradual demise of the back yard sod…

My other name is “sod-buster”. I always seem to forget how much work a garden is when I am looking at a patch of mowed lawn and thinking it’s a poor use of space, that for heaven’s sake flowers could be growing there. Only later, after the grass is dug out or covered over, do…

evolution of a lawn–retrospective of the back yard

It’s the last day of winter break. I’m doing what many of my colleagues are doing: finishing up course syllabi. But it’s time for a break! So I’m blogging, even though there’s no way I can actually garden right now! I thought I’d write a little about one part of the garden, and go back…

Dahlias and glads

I’m sorry to confess that I left my dahlia tubers and my glad corms in the ground–and ordered new recently. After struggling for the last five years with keeping the dahlias over the winter, I decided to just buy new every year. The collections from Swan Island Dahlias are new every year and priced generously….