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…

a non-post post!

December 3, Saturday. I’m in my office grading papers today. I can’t even post a photograph because I have neglected my camera as well as my garden. The garden has been on its own since classes started in late August. It looks scrappy and snaggle-toothed. The only bright spots right now are the red red…

frost approaching

These days the weather forcast keeps threatening frost–so far we haven’t had a hard frost, but I took a few quick photos of annuals before getting in the car to go to work the other day, just in case. The garden next to the still-a-work-in-progress white garden is mostly annuals, planted under and around the…

Mid-October winding down

After a dry hot summer we’ve had a milder and wetter fall. Still no real frost, so the garden is lingering. Many of the flowers don’t know the flower season is over! Johnny jump-ups are the first to bloom in the spring and the last to stop in the fall. Many perennials are slowing down…

Using wood and stone

In the last year I’ve been adding a lot more wood and large stones to the garden. We’ve also been getting more serious about putting in a few small ponds or fountains, but that will take more study and planning. Maybe next year. Here’s an example of a recent stone/wood addition, in the white garden:There…

vegetables and flowers

My sister, my niece, and I are doing a “greens challenge”: seven days in a row we’re eating greens (broadly defined, including basically any really healthy-for-you vegetable that is green) cooked in various ways. Miso soup is an easy way to get greens in early in the day. The garden produces a lot of chard….

drought over

We’ve had lots of rain in the last week and the garden is happily soaking it in. So there are a few more slugs, and the top-heavy phlox are all bowed to the ground, it’s all worth it. A few days ago we took advantage of a dry day to drive to the Rideau Woodland…

early August garden

Some news from the place: my talented sister sewed some curtains for the sun porch. They keep the beating sun out on hot days and their bright yellow color adds cheer. Even when they are open, they dress up the room a lot. Here’s a picture:On the southside patio we’ve added a bench and a…

a dry summer

We did get a little rain today, thank goodness, but the garden is pretty dry this summer. In spite of that the lilies and phlox and daylilies are showing their colors. The back yard especially is almost dizzying.¬†When phlox bloom they create an amazing cloud of color. I love how there are so many different…