• The Very Hungry Reclassified Caterpillar

    Very Hungry Reclassified Caterpillar

    Not, in fact, a tomato hornworm. Last week I posted about the voracious caterpillars that decimated one of my tomato plants. I theorized, based on as close an... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2020 GARDENING
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Yesterday’s healthy tomato plant reduced today to a stick? Tomato hornworms may be to blame. What’s new in your garden? In mine, it’s tomato hornworms. Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2020 GARDENING
  • A Simple Way to Keep Track of Garden Changes

    Simple Keep Track Garden Changes

    My life is hectic. I’m trying hard to cut down on distractions so I can enjoy a few things in my life more fully. One of those priorities is my garden. Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2017 GARDENING
  • Waiting


    I’m not the best at waiting. Like a lot of people, I value efficiency. I want things to happen when I want them to happen (that seldom works as I hope it... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2017 GARDENING
  • Fall Planting Update

    Fall Planting Update

    February makes me feel dreary and heavy. Every winter I pledge to plant something the following fall (when the new plants can establish without the stresses of... Read more

    Posted on 29 September 2016 GARDENING
  • Introduction to Beekeeping

    Introduction Beekeeping

    It’s been two months since I started beekeeping, and they’ve kept me busy. Not because they need a great deal of maintenance; they don’t. Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2016 GARDENING
  • Garden Log, 5.12.16

    Garden Log, 5.12.16

    Went out in the backyard with the dog this morning intending to pull weeds for 10 minutes. Camellia ‘Midnight Lover’ had a terrible case of leaf hall, so I... Read more

    Posted on 12 May 2016 GARDENING
  • New Plants, 2016,Vol. 1

    Planted two tassel ferns, Polystichum polyblepharum, yesterday before the freeze. One looks great. The other I had let get too dry, so it will take a while for... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2016 GARDENING
  • It’s Starting to Feel Real.

    It’s Starting Feel Real.

    Last night the UPS guy arrived during dinner. My daughter thought the boxes actually contained bees and did not want them brought into the house. I assured her... Read more

    Posted on 11 February 2016 GARDENING
  • Garden Log, 2.4.16

    Planted poppy seeds today, only four months late. Papaver orientale ‘Brilliant’ in the hot border; Papaver somniferum ‘Lauren’s Grape’ in the blue slope and on... Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2016 GARDENING
  • A New Project: Bees

    Project: Bees

    Because I’m not overcommitted, yesterday I ordered 6 pounds of bees and two hives. I’m taking a beekeeping class run by my local beekeeping club. Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2016 GARDENING
  • We Are Skipping Winter.

    Skipping Winter.

    It’s Christmas Day and it’s 80 degrees. Forecast doesn’t call for anything below about 45 for the next week. The plants have decided to get on with it. Read more

    Posted on 25 December 2015 GARDENING
  • First Snowdrops

    First Snowdrops

    My first snowdrops of the year bloomed today. I don’t think it’s unusual for Galanthus nivalis to bloom this time of year, but it’s a first in my garden, I... Read more

    Posted on 11 December 2015 GARDENING
  • Zinnias Can Take the Heat

    Zinnias Take Heat

    It’s been appallingly hot, in the mid- to high 90s (35C), but the zinnias don’t seem to mind. The more I cut them, the more they bloom, so I cut them and enjoy... Read more

    Posted on 07 August 2015 GARDENING
  • Recipe: Ground Cherry (Physalis) Jam

    Recipe: Ground Cherry (Physalis)

    This time last year, I began harvesting piles of ground cherries (also known as cape gooseberries, Physalis ‘Cossack Pineapple’). The tiny fruits grow in a husk... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2015 GARDENING
  • Garden Log, 7.25.15

    Garden Log, 7.25.15

    Today’s temperature was only in the high 80s, so I felt brave enough to venture outside and tend long-deferred tasks. Weeded grassy area off the deck; I’m... Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2015 GARDENING
  • Half Baked

    Half Baked

    Friends, I’m hiding indoors until this heat wave passes. I have much to do in the garden, but it will have to wait. It hasn’t rained in weeks, and the ground... Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2015 GARDENING
  • It Blooms! Success with Poppies

    Blooms! Success with Poppies

    I’ve been on Poppy Watch for a week. Poppy bud, May 12 Every day I watched as the bud got fatter, taller, and rose higher above the foliage. Read more

    Posted on 19 May 2015 GARDENING
  • The Secret to Growing Poppies

    Secret Growing Poppies

    If you read much gardening literature, you’ll eventually come across some plant for which the consensus seems to be that anyone can grow it, it’s totally... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2015 GARDENING
  • Aquilegia to Zizia

    Aquilegia Zizia

    This entry was posted in Backyard Blooms, Communing with Nature, Garden log, Garden plants, Ground covers, Ornamental Plants, Perennial plants, Photography, Rai... Read more

    Posted on 20 April 2015 GARDENING